Many feel the future of infrared technology lies in the development of technologies behind infrared sensors, such as quantum dot infrared photodetectors (QDIPs) and Type-II superlattice structures.
Also, future IR sensor technology will have photo detectors integrated with highly effective smart algorithms.
There has also been considerable research in work toward IR arrays with each pixel sensing the entire IR spectrum. This could very well lead to bio-inspired sensing and production of a complete IR retina.
Modern applications of infrared technology are considerable – with some interesting use cases such as tattoo removal.
Tattoo removal by Infrared Coagulation uses infrared light to reach the skin layer that contains the tattoo’s ink. Q-switched Nd:YAG 1064nm is the most common laser in use in tattoo removal. It creates an invisible (infrared) light which is absorbed by all dark tattoo pigments, such as blacks, black-blues and dark greens.
Infrared radiation is also used to promote local blood circulation and reduce muscle tension. Examples of traditional medical applications of infrared radiation include the relief of muscle pain and tension, as well as the treatment of autoimmune diseases or wound-healing disorders.
Infrared technology has a wide range of uses across various industries and fields, some of which include thermal imaging and thermography, remote controls, security systems, communications, medical imaging, environmental monitoring, astronomy, manufacturing and quality control, automotive systems and agriculture.
In reality, there are several different types of infrared technology used in various applications today. Some common types include near-infrared, mid-infrared, far-infrared, thermal infrared, infrared communication, infrared thermometers and infrared spectroscopy.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Fundamentals of Infrared (IR) Technology, a 2-day course that provides a basic understanding of the physical background and engineering considerations required for the design of IR systems, examining all components and combining them into imaging, sensor and surveillance systems.
Participants will learn about state-of-the-art optical systems, lightweight mirrors and adaptive optics, planar-hybrid and Z-technology focal planes, design of a ground-based IR astronomical telescope, laser-radar systems.
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