An advanced high-resolution infrared detector being marketed by France's Sofradir shows how pressure to curb the cost of gear for homeland security, military and government applications is driving the search for new basic technologies. The detector, known as Scorpio and operating in the midwave (3-5-micron) frequency band, features patented hybridized mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) technology. With its 15-micron pitch and 640 X 512-pixel array, Scorpio will quadruple the resolution ...

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