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Photodetectors with passive thermal radiation control

United States Patent

October 2, 2001
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A new class of photodetectors which include means for passive shielding against undesired thermal radiation is disclosed. Such devices can substitute in applications currently requiring cooled optical sensors, such as IR detection and imaging. This description is included for purposes of searching, and is not intended to limit or otherwise influence the interpretation of the present invention.
Lin; Shawn-Yu (Albuquerque, NM), Fleming; James G. (Albuquerque, NM), Dodson; Brian W. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
09/ 447,535
November 23, 1999
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94DP85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.