Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FLAIR (FLying ultrA-broadband single-shot InfraRed sensor)
Reporting period: 2016-11-01 to 2018-04-30
At the subsystem level, progress beyond state-of-the-art has already been reached, attributable to the infrared camera, which features at its core a focal plane array of VPD PbSe, constituting the first uncooled medium wave infrared detector monolithically integrated with its read out Si-CMOS integrated circuit of the market. The detector is sensitive in a wide spectral band, resilient to in-flight vibrations, humidity and includes passive heat dissipation elements in its packaging.
Progress with respect to current state-of-the-art for other subsystems such as the multipass cell, the laser source and the imaging optics is expected to be achieved in the second half of the project and the current stage of activities shows promising results towards that direction.
Even though it is still too early to assess achievement of the expected impacts of the project, halfway through its lifetime, the Consortium is confident that it will be able to deliver a highly innovative instrument representing a breakthrough in broadband infrared spectroscopy with unprecedented performance and cost-effectiveness for better and pervasive environmental sensing, contributing towards securing and reinforcing industrial European leadership in sensing applications. The modular design of the instrument will enable the creation of a number of different end products, where optimisation can be made with respect to different applications, resulting in a technical and commercial flexibility that allows tackling various issues in which trace gas detection is key.