For the benefit of those new to infrared imaging, here are a few of the acronyms we use on our site.
AIRS: American Infrared Solutions
CFE: Customer Furnished Equipment
CTIA: Capacitance Trans-impedance Amplifier
DROIC: digital readout integrated circuit (DROIC)
GV: Gated Viewing
HOT: High Operating Temperature (most cryogenically cooled infrared sensors operate at 77K, while HOT sensors can run at 130K or above).
HOT MWIR: This is a strain layer superlattice or MCT detector that runs at a warmer (hot) high operating temperature than conventional high-performance cooled sensors.
IDCA: Integrated dewar cooler assembly
IRFPA: Infrared Focal Plane Array
IRIG/IRIG B: Inter-range instrumentation group timecodes, commonly known as IRIG timecode
IRST: Infrared search and track
ISR: Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
ITR: Integrate then read
IWR: Integrate while read
JDK: Amps of dark current
LP: Long Pass (optic that allows specific bandpass)
LWIR: Long Wave Infra-Red
MTTF: Mean time to failure
MWIR: Mid Wave Infra-Red
nBn: “n-type-Barrier-n-type” (infrared sensor) nBn two n-type semiconductors sandwiching a barrier layer
NETD: Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference (Thermal sensitivity)
NIR: Near Infrared
Nyx: The Greek Goddess of Night .
Nyx S: Nyx SWIR system
Nyx M: Nyx Mid Wave system
Nyx L: Nyx Long Wave system
SLS: Type-II strained-layer superlattice detector technology
SWAP/SWAPc: Size, weight and power (and cost)
SWIR: Short Wave Infra-Red