Solving challenges in IR detection and cryogenics since 1967

Since 1967 Infrared Laboratories has solved the challenges of detecting ultra-low levels of infrared light and manufacturing specialized cryogenic systems for scientific research, astronomy, and industry. We have designed, produced and integrated more than 4,500 infrared detection and cryogenic systems for clients worldwide. Our team has the experience, application knowledge and technical proficiency to design, deliver, and support a system that works for your unique application.

Meet Our Team

Our History of Innovation

1961—Dr. Frank Low invents the Ga-doped Ge Bolometer
1967— Dr. Frank Low starts Infrared Laboratories to produce bolometers and cryostats
1968— First dual Ge:Ga bolometer delivered to Kitt Peak National Observatory

1970s—Contributed to first airborne telescopes used to make far-infrared observations of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus
1972—First HD-3 Dewar, now known as the HDL-5
1975—Kuiper Airborne Astronomy Project

1981—First cryogenic TIA
1981—First Helium 3 System with temperature to 280mK
1983—Led instrumentation development for IRAS, the first IR observatory in space

1990s—Performed optical work for JPL for the Lunar Planetary Observe
1993—Delivered the Omega Cass camera for Max Planck Institute
1996—World’s first Infrared Emission Microscope (IREM) for the new application of failure analysis of semiconductors using our technologies for observing the faintest light emissions in deep space

2001—Delivered the 2-m Aperture Telescope camera for Indian Institute of Astrophysics
2003—IR Labs founded to focus on IREM systems for the semiconductor industry
2003—World’s lowest noise InGaAs Focal Plane Array Detector
2004—Second generation IREM, the IREM-II, developed for the semiconductor industry
2007—Dr. Low retires
2009—Third-generation of IREM-SIL developed for semiconductor failure analysis

2010—The assets of NoblePeakVision Corp, the developer of TriWave Ge-enhanced CMOS SWIR FPA’s were acquired by Infrared Laboratories bringing new photodetector technology to our product line
2012—IREM III camera and SIL 3.0 NA lens are released creating a cutting edge semiconductor failure analysis tool with high throughput and ease of use
2013— First delivery of Ultra Low Vibration Closed Cycle Bolometer System
2014—First IREM-IV Camera installed, MCT camera with large FOV and 3.3NA SIL lens
2017—Completed upgrades to MIRSI [Mid-IR Spectrometer and Imager] instrument
2018—PARAS [PRL Advanced Radial velocity Abu Sky Search] Astronomical Camera Cryostat. High resolution spectrograph for planet hunting.
2018 —SHARK-NIR [System for coronagraphy with High order Adaptive optics from R to K band] cryostat system. Exoplanent hunter installed at the Large Binocular Telescope.

Our Clients

Air Force Research Lab
Army Night Vision Lab (NVESD)
Australian Synchrotron
Bruker
CERN
DMEA
Fermi National Acceleratory Lab
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Goddard Space Flight Center
Intel
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Micron
MIT
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
Nvidia
Physical Research Institute (PRL)
Qualcom
Sandia National Laboratories
Smithsonian Institute Observatory
Teledyne Imaging Systems
Texas Instruments
Thermo Electron Scientific
Toshiba
Universities & Observatories Worldwide