Infrared Detectors

Sensors and FPAs For Space

Infrared Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs)

Teledyne Imaging has a broad Infrared (IR) technology development roadmap enabling global space missions through the groups US and European operations. Capabilities cover the full infrared spectrum from Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) through Mediumwave Infrared (MWIR) to Longwave Infrared (LWIR and VLWIR).

With in-house capabilities in the US and UK, Teledyne is able to meet any detector requirement from Photodiodes to large custom ROIC FPAs. 

  • Detector through to camera level and standard through to custom solutions
  • Offering a range of application tuned solutions from NIR to VLWIR
  • Custom and COTS+ solutions CMOS, ROIC and diode packages
  • Full packaging design and test capability
  • A range of Cryogenic and Thermo Electric Cooling (TEC) methods
  • High Operating Temperature (HOT) technology
  • SWaP (Size, Weight and Power consumption)
  • Enabling power efficient systems
  • Reduction in cooler/dewar capacity requirement
  • Reduced maintenance and total cost of ownership


Teledyne Imaging has a reputation for producing the highest performance Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) using Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) technology to grow HgCdTe (also known as MCT) detector substrates.

With the unique material properties of MCT to tune the detector to specific wavelengths and decades of experience in optimising, packaging and hybridizing infrared sensors Teledyne is supplying major ESA and NASA space science and astronomy missions. Teledyne’s IR FPA’s are to be used in prestigious missions such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Euclid and are currently flying on the Hubble Telescope and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope (WISE).

Key capabilities:

  • Growth and processing of the HgCdTe detector layer
  • Design and fabrication of the Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC)
  • Hybridization of the detector layer to CIS / ROIC
  • Substrate removal for visible detection
  • Custom AR coatings

Teledyne Imaging offers FPAs to specific wavelengths according to the mission and project needs. Browse our HgCdTe standard products covering astronomy, space science, planetary exploration, heliophysics and Earth science applications. 

Notable space infrared missions that have been enabled by Teledyne Imaging’s HgCdTe detectors including OSIRIS-REx, WISE, Deep Impact and EPOXI and Sentinels 3A and 3B. There are numerous planned and scheduled NASA and ESA infrared missions in the coming decade that will be using Teledyne’s infrared sensors.

Teledyne Imaging is also the world leader in infrared detectors for ground astronomy applications.

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