DRS RSTA, INC.
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|20140147962||MINORITY CARRIER BASED HGCDTE INFRARED DETECTORS AND ARRAYS - Disclosed are minority carrier based mercury-cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) infrared detectors and arrays, and methods of making, are disclosed. The constructions provided by the invention enable the detectors to be used at higher temperatures, and/or be implemented on less expensive semiconductor substrates to lower manufacturing costs. An exemplary embodiment a substrate, a bottom contact layer disposed on the substrate, a first mercury-cadmium telluride layer having a first bandgap energy value disposed on the bottom contact layer, a second mercury-cadmium telluride layer having a second bandgap energy value that is greater than the first bandgap energy value disposed on the first mercury-cadmium telluride layer, and a collector layer disposed on the second mercury-cadmium telluride layer, wherein the first and second mercury-cadmium telluride layers are each doped with an n-type dopant.||05-29-2014|
|20140138786||HIGH DENSITY CAPACITOR INTEGRATED INTO FOCAL PLANE ARRAY PROCESSING FLOW - Methods and structures of photodetectors are described. The structure may include a readout integrated circuit substrate having an internally integrated capacitor. The structure may additionally include an external capacitor overlying the readout integrated circuit substrate. The external capacitor may be coupled with the internally integrated capacitor of the readout integrated circuit substrate, and configured to operate in parallel with the internally integrated capacitor of the readout integrated circuit substrate. The structure may also include a detector overlying the external capacitor.||05-22-2014|
|20140029001||GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT TESTER FOR LASER AND TRACKER SYSTEMS - Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for testing the boresight of a gimbaled camera and laser system, such as an infrared countermeasures (IRCM) system, in extreme environments. Light simulating a target is reflected through an optics system to the camera, with a portion of the light reflected back from a corner cube reflector through the optics system as a reference. A laser beam from the laser is received through the same optics system, and a position of the corner cube reflected reference and laser beam are compared in order to determine whether the camera and laser are properly aligned. A spherical shell adapted to position the camera at its geometric center keeps misaligned laser pulses from reflecting back into the camera.||01-30-2014|
|20130343671||METHOD FOR MINIMIZING SCINTILLATION IN DYNAMIC IMAGES - A method for reducing scintillation in an image of a scene includes receiving an input sequence of images of the scene and grouping a first plurality of images of the sequence of images into a first subset of images comprising a first number of images that occur in sequence within the input sequence of images of the scene. The method also includes grouping a second plurality of images of the sequence of images into a second subset of images comprising a second number of images that occur in sequence within the input sequence of images of the scene. The method further includes generating a set of averaged images comprising an averaged image for the first subset of images and an averaged image for the second subset of image and outputting a composite image based at least the set of averaged images.||12-26-2013|
|20130188056||COMPACT OBJECTIVE LENS ASSEMBLY FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY IMAGING MULTIPLE SPECTRAL BANDS - An objective lens assembly suitable for use in helmet-mounted applications. The objective lens assembly comprises two prisms that collectively are configured, oriented and bonded relative to each other to separate and allow simultaneous imaging of two separate spectral bands (such as VNIR and LWIR bands) received from the same object scene via a common window such that the object scene may be viewed from the same perspective without the effects of parallax.||07-25-2013|
|20130070102||THERMAL ISOLATION DEVICE FOR INFRARED SURVEILLANCE CAMERA - A thermal imaging system includes a mounting structure characterized by a first thermal conductivity and a focal plane array mounted to the mounting structure. The thermal imaging system also includes an optical system coupled to the mounting structure and a heating element coupled to the mounting structure. The thermal imaging system further includes a thermal isolator coupled to the mounting structure and characterized by a second thermal conductivity lower than the first thermal conductivity.||03-21-2013|
|20130029435||METHOD FOR FORMING A LASER RESONATOR SO THAT OPTICAL COMPONENTS OF THE LASER RESONATOR ARE ALIGNED - A laser resonator and method for forming the laser resonator are provided. The method comprises placing a housing for the laser resonator in an alignment fixture, attaching a bond plate to an optical component of the laser resonator, attaching a first end of an alignment arm to the bond plate attached to the optical component, attaching a second end of the alignment arm to the alignment fixture such that the optical component is disposed over the housing, aligning, via the alignment fixture and the alignment arm, the optical component relative to the housing, and bonding the aligned optical component to the housing. The first end of the alignment arm may removed once the aligned optical component is bonded to the housing.||01-31-2013|
|20120211665||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING NON-COOPERATIVE PULSED RADIATION SOURCES IN A FIELD-OF-VIEW OF AN IMAGING SENSOR - A system and method for identifying a pulsed radiation source may include an imaging sensor having a frame rate that is less than a pulse repetition frequency (PRF) of the pulsed radiation source. A processing unit may be in communication with the imaging sensor, and be configured to (i) process a sequence of image data of a scene captured by the imaging sensor to determine whether radiation of the pulsed radiation source is detected, (ii) determine a PRF code of the pulsed radiation source from possible multiple different PRF codes based on the processed sequence of image data, and (iii) notify a user of the PRF code or information associated with the PRF code.||08-23-2012|
|20120205514||VIBRATOR ISOLATOR SYSTEM - A vibration isolator system for attaching a payload to a supporting base is provided, the payload having a center of mass and the system consisting of at least three vibration isolating pods. Each pod has two associated, non-parallel, elastic struts. A first end of each strut is attached to the supporting base and a second end of each strut is attached to the payload at a respective mounting point, and the a projected elastic center of the system is substantially co-located with said center of mass. The vibration isolator system is operable to substantially prevent translational vibration of the supporting base from inducing angular rotation of the payload.||08-16-2012|
|20110228099||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING COOPERATIVE, NON-INCANDESCENT SOURCES - A system and method for tracking a cooperative, non-incandescent source may include collecting scene images of a scene that includes the cooperative, non-incandescent source and background clutter. First and second scene images of the scene may be generated over distinct spectral bands. The first and second scene images may be imaged onto respective first and second focal plane arrays. In one embodiment, the imaging may be substantially simultaneous. The first and second scene image frame data respectively generated by the first and second focal plane arrays may be processed to produce resultant scene image frame data. The scene image frame data may result in reducing magnitude of scene image frame data representative of the background clutter more than magnitude of scene image frame data representative of the cooperative, non-incandescent source.||09-22-2011|
|20110074332||METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ELIMINATING STRUCTURAL MODES IN A SERVO MECHANISM EMPLOYED TO CONTROL A FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE - A servo system is provided for controlling movement of a flexible structure having multiple masses and elements. Each element couples a respective two of the masses and functions as a spring when the flexible structure is subject to a linear or rotational input at or above a frequency at which the respective element exhibits flexure. The servo system includes multiple sensors, where each sensor is disposed relative to a respective one of the masses to sense a respective acceleration. A motor having a torque input may operatively be configured to output one of a linear or rotational force on the first mass based on a torque signal present on the torque input. A servo controller that receives each sensed acceleration from each sensor may generate a compensation feedback signal based on a sum of sensed accelerations. The torque signal may be output to the motor based on the compensation feedback signal.||03-31-2011|
|20110031401||RADIATION DETECTOR HAVING A BANDGAP ENGINEERED ABSORBER - A radiation detector is provided that includes a photodiode having a radiation absorber with a graded multilayer structure. Each layer of the absorber is formed from a semiconductor material, such as HgCdTe. A first of the layers is formed to have a first predetermined wavelength cutoff. A second of the layers is disposed over the first layer and beneath the first surface of the absorber through which radiation is received. The second layer has a graded composition structure of the semiconductor material such that the wavelength cutoff of the second layer varies from a second predetermined wavelength cutoff to the first predetermined wavelength cutoff such that the second layer has a progressively smaller bandgap than the first bandgap of the first layer. The graded multilayer radiation absorber structure enables carriers to flow toward a conductor that is used for measuring the radiation being sensed by the radiation absorber.||02-10-2011|
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