Success Stories

Dexter Research Center is proud of its hundreds of customer success stories, both because of the sheer number and also because of the widely divergent applications and inventions our products have enabled.

As you may appreciate, in many cases we cannot expose our customer, their proprietary products or our contributions.

What we can tell you is that from fire suppression systems in advanced ground and air weaponry to better control of operating room anesthesiology …

From defense and security presence sensing to more acccurate earth measurement...

From remote sensing for biology studies to NASA experiments with fuel droplets in deep space …

Dexter’s compact, high-output, low-noise 100%-tested products have made big contributions to health, environmental sensing, security, comfort and climate controls, defense, understanding of the universe and systems design cost reduction.

Our rich history of customer collaboration has made all of this innovation possible, from the first-ever inexpensive radiometry applications to today’s smallest thermopile detector in the world, the ST60 Micro at 0.161” diameter x 0.128” tall.

Due to Dexter Research Center’s unique energy absorbing materials, our thermopile detectors have a spectral response that is flat from the ultraviolet to the far infrared. The spectral sensitivity of the detector is selected by your choice of optical band-pass filters. We offer a wide range of optical filters, window materials, and diffractive lenses, which are in stock and available for your applications. The Thermally compensated detector models minimize the effect of sudden changes in ambient temperature. Dexter Research also offers internally mounted thermistors, optional internal apertures, and several choices of package aperture sizes to meet your design constraints.

The enterprise and science Dexter Research has enabled is astonishing.

A Few Examples

Space Shuttle. Our sensors have flown successfully on multiple space shuttle missions, including STS-34 (Oct. 89), STS-41 (Oct. 90), STS-43 (Aug. 91), STS-45 (Mar. 92), STS-56 (Apr. 93), STS-62 (Mar. 94), and STS-66 (Nov. 94). In addition, our 1M detectors were in the very successful horizon crossing indicators used by seven Microsat satellites.

Model Aircraft. Bringing space technology down to earth, a major manufacturer of high performance model aircraft found that Dexter’s ST60 allowed its models to retain visual accuracy to their full-size counterparts by dropping the gyro and substituting state-of-the-art infrared thermal technology. Working equally well on fixed wing and helicopter model craft, the company’s industry-leading consumer products sense heat and cold variations between the ground and the sky with a two-degree accuracy to the horizon, providing a flight recovery time of less than one second with safe landing capabilities.

Agriculture and Forest Meteorology. A new approach to infrared thermometry was jointly developed by John M. Baker, University of Minnesota, John M Noman, University of Wisconsin and Atsushi Kano of Shizuoka University, Japan. Dexter Research’s S60M provided the challenging combination of features necessary to support the field gear: 1) Minimal size and weight, 2) lower power consumption and 3) improved dynamic response.

Ozone Mapping. Conducted by NASA’s Aura Satellite, Dexter Research’s DR34 thermopile detectors helped enable the development of a space qualified 2.5 Terahertz laser local oscillator (LLO) pumped by a CO2 laser. The NASA AURA Satellite began a successful five-year mission to gather data that accurately predicts long-term ozone concentration in the atmosphere.

From the Fire Suppression System for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, to gas analysis of automotive and motorcycle engines around the world, and from HVAC leak detection in vehicle, homes and buildings to USDA-ARS, Department of Soil, Water and Climate projects …

… you’ll find that Dexter Research’s infrared thermopile detectors are everywhere it matters.

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