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The world’s fastest low noise infrared camera: Optic camera infrared

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Project "OCAMIR" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 935˙167 €
 EC max contribution 654˙617 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2014
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    FIRST LIGHT IMAGING SAS FR (MEYREUIL) coordinator 654˙617.00


 Project objective

The objective of this proposal is to develop a new infrared camera based on Avalanche Photo Diodes (APD) technology. The First Light Imaging company has been created during the Framework Program 7 from researches initiated in the Opticon Research Infrastructure program. The technology developed here is entirely designed and produced in Europe. The goal is also to develop state of the art scientific detectors and cameras in order to avoid the European dependency toward the United States. This technology is a real technological breakthrough considering that usually, infrared cameras are slow and noisy. Infrared HgCdTe Avalanche Photo Diodes have been shown to exhibit multiplication of electrons up to gains of 10 000 associated with low excess noise factors and low dark currents. They have inspired a large effort in developing focal plan arrays using HgCdTe APDs for low photon number applications such as active imaging in the range gated mode (2D) and/or with direct time of flight detection (3D) and, more recently, passive imaging for wave front correction and fringe tracking in astronomical observations. These revolutionary infrared detectors have until now never been integrated into a commercial camera. This new development has been motivated by the success met by the Ocam2 EMCCD camera for fast imaging in the visible to be used by the biggest space and astronomical institutes in the world. In few months, First Light has become a world reference in visible fast and low noise imaging. The project initiated in 2013 and granted for its first stage by French Public Bank for Innovation is now at the stage of reaching the market by finalizing the first prototype and designing the “industrial” model. First Light takes advantage of its experience and success in scientific cameras and space activities in the past 3 years and 15 past years for its staff of engineers. The company also benefits of its high level environment, high value manpower and healthy financial structure.


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Scientific Publications Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-25 13:02:41
Web Site Improvement Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-25 13:02:41
Communication Support Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-25 13:02:41
Show Room Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-25 13:02:41

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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Philippe Feautrier, Jean-Luc Gach , Peter Wizinowich
State of the art IR cameras for wavefront sensing using e-APD MCT arrays
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AO4ELT4 - Fourth Conference on Adaptive Optics for Extremely Large Telescopes 2015-10-26 , 2015-10-30 2019-07-25
2016 Philippe Feautrier, Jean-Luc Gach, Philippe Bério
Fast sub-electron detectors review for interferometry
published pages: 990715, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2234143
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V 2019-07-25
2017 Philippe Feautrier, Jean-Luc Gach, Timothée Greffe, Fabien Clop, Stephane Lemarchand, Thomas Carmignani, Eric Stadler, Carine Doucouré, David Boutolleau
C-RED One and C-RED 2: SWIR advanced cameras using Saphira e-APD and Snake InGaAs detectors
published pages: 102090G, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1117/12.2261082
Image Sensing Technologies: Materials, Devices, Systems, and Applications IV 2019-07-25

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