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SR-7000 LWIR Hyperspectral Camera

The LWIR Hyperspectral Imaging Game Changer

CI Systems’ SR-7000 is used for quantitative spectral characterization of thermal scenes in the field. It acquires data at high spectral and spatial resolution with high SNR in a short acquisition time. The SR-7000 is a “game changer", it enables both narrow and wide spectral imaging, all-in-one-imager.

The flexible system configuration allows the user to control key parameters and exports all data in band sequential (BSQ) format.

All-In-One LWIR Camera - The First of its Kinds




SR-7000 is capable of triple camera operation,

1. Hyperspectral Camera

2. Narrowband Spectral Camera

3. Wideband Spectral Camera

The mode of operation is user-selectable through the user interface software.

This is achieved by CI Systems Circular Variable Filter (CVF) wheel design: the CVF occupies 180 degrees out of the whole 360 degrees of the wheel, and the remaining 180 degrees of the rotation can accommodate  an open window and a number of discrete filters. As a result, in one wheel rotation one can achieve a full spectrum, for each image pixel, a wide band infrared image of the scene being measured and a number of additional discrete wavelength data for each pixel in preestablished wavelength ranges.

Proven Robust Field Design

The SR-7000 LWIR hyperspectral camera is the right choice for measurements in field conditions. The SR-7000 is automatically and periodically recalibrated in the field. A built-in double blackbody is used to perform a two-point spectral radiance calibration in units of Photons/(second.steradian.cm2.micron). This radiometric calibration insures both a continuous radiometric accuracy of measurement and a Non-Uniformity-Correction (NUC) of the Fixed Pattern Noise (FPN). As a result, high quality black and white images (monochromatic or wide band) are provided. The CVF spectral separation technology is rugged and reliable since it is done by rotating a single optical element (the CVF), which is positioned on a focal plane of the optics: i) ruggedness due to insensitivity to vibrations is achieved by the fact that the depth of focus of the focal plane allows a loose tolerance on the axial CVF position, and ii) system reliability is achieved by the mature motor technology used to rotate the CVF, insuring many years of operation without need of maintenance.

Cost Effective Hyperspectral Camera

The SR-7000 LWIR hyperspectral camera  is a cost-effective system since it does not require precise filter motion, complicated optics and data processing (with respect to an interferometer). The unique all-in-one spectral design enables the flexibility to adapt the SR-7000 hyperspectral camera to fulfill specific application requirements by controlling the trade-offs with respect to spectral range and resolution, acquisition time, etc.This control is made possible by the presence of a free 180 degree section in the wheel where a number of application specific wide band filters can be mounted, in addition to the CVF. These filters conveniently provide simultaneous information without the need of additional analysis of the spectral cube.

Gas Imaging

Key FeaturesSpecificationsApplicationsCI's Hyperspectral Imaging History
  • Produces radiometrically calibrated spectral images
  • Circular variable fi lter-based spectral imager
  • Optimized for the 7.8 - 12 μm spectral band
  • Spectral resolution: 0.5% of wavelength
  • Hyperspectral, full band and wideband fi lters modes
  • Simple fi eld setup
  • Built in calibration
Item Unit Value
Wavelength range μm 7.8-12
Spectral resolution % 0.5% of wavelength
Spectral bands # 80
Typical NESR@10μm( temperature: 300K)* Watt/sr/cm2 6.8 x 10-8
Spatial resolution pixels 320 x 256
Time to accuire a spectral image sec 2
FOV ° 5.5 x 4.4
Communication and data transfer   GigE
Power consumption Watt 150
Weight Kg 18


* Other measurement schemes can improve NESR

Specifications are subject to change without prior notice

  • Gas imaging
  • Standoff identification of Surface and liquid contaminants
  • Research (infrared signature acquisition of targets)
  • Explosives and drugs laboratories detection
  • Gas imaging & identification
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Industrial processes
  • Quality control
  • Surveillance


CI Systems has been designing infrared spectroradiometers for remote sensing of atmosphere, objects’ spectral signatures and ground truth measurements for over than 30 yers. During the years CI Systems has become the world expert in quantitative infrared measurements, including the most sensitive and accurate infrared detection and calibration techniques.

CI Systems has a history of developing and building spectral imaging instrumentation that dates back to the early '90's, when it produced the first commercial spectral imager, called at the time the SpectraCubeTM. That system is a Fourier Transform staring type, working in the visible range with most applications in genetic cancer and pathology studies, and became the first product of Applied Spectral Imaging, a spin-off company of CI. The system is compatible with both microscopic and remote sensing work.

The next CI's hyperspectral system was a Mid Wave infrared pushbroom system for 3 to 5 microns, the SI 5000, based on a cooled InSb array and a common path interferometer made of a prism, in 2008.

During the last few years CI developed its own Circular Variable Filter (CVF) technology for continuous wavelength spectral filtering, which was mainly needed for its flagship spectroradiometer product, the SR 5000N. This was an event that inspired us to use the CVF also as the spectral separation technology to make infrared spectral imagers more affordable.

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