Indium antimonide

Indium antimonide

Indium antimonide (InSb) is a crystalline compound made from the elements indium (In) and antimony (Sb). It is a narrow-gap semiconductor material from the III-V group used in infrared detectors, including thermal imaging cameras, FLIR systems, infrared homing missile guidance systems, and in infrared astronomy.

The indium antimonide detectors are sensitive between 1–5 µm wavelengths.

Indium antimonide was a very common detector in the old, single-detector mechanically scanned thermal imaging systems. Another application is as terahertz radiation source as it is a strong photo-Dember emitter.