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Optical Engineering

Miniaturized visible near-infrared hyperspectral imager for remote-sensing applications
Author(s): Christopher P. Warren; Detlev M. Even; William R. Pfister; Keith Nakanishi; Arleen Velasco; David S. Breitwieser; Selwyn M. Yee; Joseph Naungayan
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Paper Abstract

A new approach for the design and fabrication of a miniaturized hyperspectral imager is described. A unique and compact instrument has been developed by taking advantage of light propagation within bonded solid blocks of optically transmitting glass. The resulting series of micro-hyperspectral imaging (microHSI™) spectrometer has been developed, patented, and built as a visible near-infrared (VNIR) hyperspectral sensor capable of operating in the 400- to 1000-nm wavelength range. The spectrometer employs a blazed, convex diffraction grating in Offner configuration embedded within the optical blocks for ruggedized operation. This, in combination with fast spectrometer operation at f/2.0 , results in high optical throughput. The resulting microHSI™VNIR spectrometer weighs 0.54 kg, including foreoptics and camera, which results in a 2× decrease in spectrometer volume compared with current air-spaced Offner spectrometers. These instruments can accommodate custom, ruggedized foreoptics to adapt to a wide range of field-of-view requirements. These fast, telecentric foreoptics are chromatically corrected for wideband spectral applications. Results of field and laboratory testing of the microHSI™ spectrometers are presented and show that the sensor consistently meets technical performance predictions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(11) 111720 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.11.111720
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 11
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher P. Warren, NovaSol (United States)
Detlev M. Even, NovaSol (United States)
William R. Pfister, NovaSol (United States)
Keith Nakanishi, NovaSol (United States)
Arleen Velasco, NovaSol (United States)
David S. Breitwieser, NovaSol (United States)
Selwyn M. Yee, NovaSol (United States)
Joseph Naungayan, NovaSol (United States)

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