Xenics improves SWIR detector quality by lowering dark current

Xenics improves SWIR detector quality by lowering dark current

Leuven, 16 March 2018 --- Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the SWIR to the LWIR realm, is pleased to announce a significant improvement in the quality of its detectors and resulting cameras.


With the goal of better serving its customers, Xenics has recently increased production capabilities, added extra clean room space, reviewed processing techniques and modernized equipment. First evidence of this improved and upgraded manufacturing process is the significant reduction of dark current in our standard InGaAs SWIR detectors.


The detectors with improved dark current performance will first be introduced in the Bobcat 640 cameras and Cheetah TE3 camera. Later on these detectors will find their way into all InGaAs SWIR cameras, including the vSWIR (visible enhanced short-wave infrared) models with extended response into the visible range.


Most customers, especially the ones working on demanding applications, will benefit from a lower dark current: these detectors and cameras will exhibit


  1. a better signal-to-noise ratio
  2. a larger dynamic range
  3. a lower noise in the shot noise dominant region


No adjustments to the prices of the cameras will be made as a result of this development, strengthening the company’s commitment to provide quality, satisfactory products at competitive prices.


(Download the full Press Release for graphical representations of the dark current improvement)

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