Infrared Characterization

INO offers an infrared camera characterization service in mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) bands (i.e., from 3 mm to 14 mm). Cameras are characterized according to imaging performance standards such as responsivity, temporal noise, NETD, MTF, MRTD, and non-uniformities under normal operating conditions. We use controlled environmental chambers with a temperature range of –40°C to +100°C and pressures of as little as 1 mTorr or less to simulate the operating conditions of military, airborne, and space systems. Cameras can be validated for specific applications in the required operating context, either in the field or at client sites.

INO can also conduct more extensive studies to determine a system’s static and dynamic behavior under various saturation conditions (low to high, constant, pulsed or flash, local or global). More generally, all our assemblies feature flexible designs able to reproduce specific operating conditions.

INO also offers the option of characterizing infrared detectors prior to their integration into a system. Moreover, we can develop the digitization, control, and communication electronics needed to operate the detector.

Our expertise: Standard and custom characterization of infrared cameras

  • Thermal sights

  • Short and long-range observation systems

  • Cooled (MCT, InSb) and uncooled detectors (bolometers)

Our strength: Compliance with characterization standards and specific client requirements

INO has extensive experience in custom collimation of laser diode bars and arrays emitting at various wavelengths. Moreover, given the wide-ranging expertise of our optical, mechanical, electronic, thermal, and software specialists, we can meet the specific requirements of virtually any application.

Fields of application:

  • Military systems

  • Search and rescue

  • Aerospace 

  • Industrial inspection

  • Firefighting

  • Security and surveillance

  • Remote sensing 

  • Night vision systems

  • Material inspection

  • Astronomy 


To fully assess a system’s suitability for a given application, characterization can be combined with electricity consumption (power consumption/battery life in relation to ambient temperature) and optical (field of view, distortion, and magnification) parameter measurements, as well as shock and vibration tests.

You have a project in mind? Talk with our specialists.

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