Amplified MCT™ Mid-IR Pulsed Laser Detector: Achieving Room-Temperature Performance

The Amplified MCT Detector seamlessly integrates with DRS Daylight’s pulsed mid-IR lasers, providing exceptional performance at 245 °K and a sub-3 nanosecond rise time, all without the need for external cooling.

The device comes in a compact package that contains a temperature controller, a low-noise amplifier, and an integrated infrared detector.


Features and Benefits

  • AC-coupled photoconductive configuration ideal for pulsed laser detection
  • Broad mid-IR spectral response of 4-12 µm
  • Room-temperature operation, with a two-stage TEC for cooling to 245 °K
  • Wide 78° Field of View
  • High sensitivity, with D > 2.5 × 109 cm.Hz½/W
  • An active area of 1 mm × 1 mm


  • Laser source monitoring and calibration
  • Biomedical diagnostics
  • Standoff detection
  • Remote sensing
  • Environmental monitoring

Product Specifications

Source: DRS Daylight Solutions Inc.

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Detector Material HgCdTe
Spectral Response 4—12 um
D* >2.5 E+9 cm Hz1/2/W
Active Detector Area 1 mm x 1 mm
Fast Response < 3 ns rise time
RF Output SMA Connector
Responsivity >2,500 V/W
Power Supplies +15 VDC, +5 VDC
Power Consumption < 3 Watts
Dimensions 7.6 x 4.4 x 4.8 cm

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