The optoelectronic performance of the mid-wavelength HgCdTe infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) with refractive microlenses integrated on its CdZnTe substrate has been numerically simulated. A reduced light-distribution model based on scalar Kirchhoff diffraction theory was adopted to reveal the true behavior of IRFPAs operating in an optical system under imaging conditions. The pixel crosstalk obtained and the energy-gathering characteristics demonstrated that the microlenses can delay the rise in crosstalk when the image point shifts toward pixel boundaries, and can restrict the major optical absorption process in any case within a narrow region around the pixel center. The dependence of the microlenses' effects on the system's properties was also analyzed; this showed that intermediate relative aperture and small microlens radius are required for optimized device performance. Simulation results also indicated that for detectors farther from the center of the field of view, the efficacy of microlenses in crosstalk suppression and energy gathering is still maintained, except for a negligible difference in the lateral magnification from an ordinary array without microlenses. © 2014 TMS.