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  • infrared detector A device used to detect radiation from the infrared region. It may be a thermal detector, such as a bolometer, thermocouple or Golay cell, or it may be a solid-state photon detector. Infrared-sensitive phosphors may be used in the infrared, and some...
  • infrared thermal detector Used to detect radiation from the infrared region. The functional process includes absorption of infrared radiation, which causes a temperature change, consequently altering the physical properties of the detector's elements.
  • photodetector A device used to sense incident radiation.
  • photoconductive detector A device for detecting visual and infrared radiation using a photoconductor as the principle sensing element.
  • radiation detector Any of the many devices used to detect the presence of radiation from a specific region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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