FIGURE 3-8 Estimates of the TE cooler market. SOURCE: Courtesy of Amerigon CCS.

FIGURE 3-8 Estimates of the TE cooler market. SOURCE: Courtesy of Amerigon CCS.

mance needed for applications that have traditionally relied on expensive cooled devices.


For both cryocooler and TE cooler technologies, there are a number of commercial market drivers, separate from sensor cooling applications, that will drive evolutionary improvements in SWaP. Over the next 10-15 years, it is reasonable to expect that these improvements will achieve overall reductions in SWaP on the order of 20-30 percent.


In addition to a proliferation of sensor numbers and types, new sensors must be developed to exploit unique target and background phenomenologies and be capable of processing significantly larger volumes of data. Advanced technology sensors have the potential to be used in novel sensing situations—for example, the vetting of potential enemies or the identification of combatants and noncombatants in a counterinsurgency operations. IR sensors with high-performance imaging FPAs have that capability and have long been critical to U.S. relative military superiority. Maintaining this superiority requires continual improvements in the technologies required for advanced ROICs and detector materials growth and continual awareness and incorporation of advances originating from both domestic and foreign developments.

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