The future

Evolution of detection

IRnova strives for progress every day and in every aspect of our business. We deliver that evolution to our clients through better service and better detector performance. It’s that simple.

Together with customers, our scientists spearhead the technological advances we need to create and operate detectors that can run hotter. That means less cooling is needed and power consumption is reduced. Over the next few years, we will introduce several groundbreaking detectors, based on our key T2SL (Type–2 Superlattice) technology.

No boundaries to detection

T2SL allows us to push the boundaries of detection in almost every field. IRnova plans to introduce high definition (full HD and beyond) infrared detectors serving the mid-wave infrared spectrum of 3 to 5 micrometers (3–5 µm), as well as the 8–12 µm long-wave infrared (LWIR) and very long wave (VLWIR) spectrum.

Over the coming decades IRnova’s detectors will let our customers see further and clearer than ever before. Meanwhile we’ll keep doing what we do best—innovating and moving forward.


Awarding our pioneering position in T2SL infrared detectors, the European Space Agency (ESA) has designated IRnova as contract lead in its project for future space and ground-based applications. One of several primary objectives is to demonstrate a reliable process for producing large-format T2SL detectors (>1000×1000 pixels, 10µm pitch) that meet ESA electro-optical specifications.

The contract affirms ESA’s commitment to maintaining European ascendancy in the supply chain for cutting-edge infrared detectors and recognizes T2SL as the most promising technology to advance the application of Long Wave Infra-Red (LWIR) and Very Long Wave Infra-Red (VLWIR) arrays.