Thermal imaging is based on heat. All objects, both natural and manmade, emit infrared energy as heat. This energy is actually part of the upper infrared light spectrum. The energy waves can be collected and focused by the right equipment to create a visible image, even when something is not visible to the naked eye. In complete darkness or in harsh weather, thermal imaging will give the user the ability to see the unseen.
Visible and infrared (IR) wavelengths are part of the continuous electromagnetic spectrum. Within the IR part of the spectrum, there is a long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectrum. There, objects emit energy even when visible light is not present.
- Can highlight people, animals, and objects
- Be used to track fugitives or vehicles
- Works in both daylight and darkness
- Can see through haze and smoke
- Isn’t blinded by bright light
Different temperatures are rendered as different levels of brightness (shades of gray) in the visible thermal image. Living things generate their own heat, but even inanimate objects (like rocks) give off the heat they have absorbed from the sun and other sources.
EOTech is a leading designer and manufacturer of the world's smallest and lightest wafer packaged Focal Plane Arrays (FPAs) and thermal imaging core modules that are used by ground forces, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), urban tactical teams, fire fighting, hunting and numerous other commercial applications. EOTech delivers superior, high-performance infrared technology solutions and camera systems for a wide variety of thermal imaging applications. Whether performing critical missions, gathering intelligence or conducting situation analysis, our products perform when the stakes are high.