SC11Design of infrared cameras

Level: Specialized

Engineers of companies and administrations involved in defense, surveillance, aerospace or astronomy applications, wishing to master the analyse and the design of infrared cameras


Basic knowledge corresponding to EF2 - Basics of optics

Language of the training: French
Maximum capacity: 12
Price: 1820 € HT -
Duration: 4 days - 28 h
  • Have an overview of the problematic of  infrared cameras design
  • Discover the key parameters associated to this design
  • Discover the state-of-the-art of components and modules
  • Be able to specify, design and evaluate infrared cameras (cooled or uncooled)
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Design of infrared cameras
Addressed topics

Infrared radiometry

  • Thermal infrared

Infrared detectors

  • Characterization, main technologies (cooled or uncooled)
  • Proxy electronics
  • Cryogeny

Dimensioning of an infrared system, link budget

  • Design of an infrared system, performance predictions
  • Infrared image visualisation
The program

Infrared detection

  • Thermal infrared
  • Infrared detectors: principles
  • Infrared technologies (cooled and uncooled)
  • Proxy electronics
  • Infrared detectors characterisation

Design of an infrared system

  • Design of infrared optics
  • Infrared image visualisation
  • Design of an infrared system
  • Performance prediction
  • Exercice: design of a cooled infrared camera


  • Characterisation of a cooled photodiode
  • Characterisation of an uncooled camera
Methodology and assessment

Lectures and exercices
Interactive demonstrations

Next session: date to be defined

  • September 29, 2020 to October 02, 2020 SC11 | Design of infrared cameras Palaiseau
Pedagogical manager(s):
  • Isabelle Ribet - Senior scientist at Onera, professor associated with Institut d'Optique
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