improvements in mundane engineering materials or processes can have a major impact on overall sensor system performance.


The report is structured as follows to correspond to the four main paragraphs of the statement of task. Chapter 2, “Fundamentals of Ultraviolet, Visible, and Infrared Detectors,” covers the first paragraph. The report addresses the second and third paragraphs in the statement of task according to whether the important technologies are considered evolutionary or emerging. Thus, Chapter 3, “Key Current Technologies and Evolutionary Developments,” addresses the elements of both the second and the third paragraphs for existing technologies expected to undergo significant evolution in the next 10-15 years. Chapter 4, “Emerging Technologies with Potentially Significant Impacts,” does the same for potentially “game-changing” technologies that might emerge and have a major impact during the same time frame. With respect to the fourth paragraph in the statement of task, Chapter 5, “The Global Landscape of Detector Technologies,” discusses the international scope of work in the detector, FPA, and sensory system fields.

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