Improved Type II SLS technology offer thermal imagers at higher operating temperature, uniformity, and sensitivity from mid wave to long wavelength infrared based on scalable GaSb substrates. This opens the door for more military vehicles/platforms to be outfitted with these high performance cameras. Commercially, environmental or gas sensing can benefit from competitive cost scaling.
Type II SLS technology can serve as a platform for the next generation of space-based high performance and large format infrared FPAs. This will be a materials evolution of the on going SLS technology being developed at JPL. This SLS technology offers a unified platform for high-performance 5-14 um detection wavelengths. Substrate size scaling will support large format infrared imaging NASA needs with high sensitivity and high operating temperature sensors for space-based applications.