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Adaptive polymer lens for rapid zoom shortwave infrared imaging applications
Author(s): Freddie Santiago; Brett E. Bagwell; Victor Pinon; Sanjay Krishna
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Paper Abstract

This work demonstrates the use of adaptive polymer lenses (APLs) for short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) applications. First, we present a push-button adaptive optical zoom system for variable magnification with a SWIR focal plane array. We then present a push-button, variable divergence, SWIR laser system for pointing and illumination. Last, we outline a system that combines the two: an SWIR adaptive zoom coupled with an APL-enhanced designator/illuminator. The result would allow a user to toggle between different fields of view (magnification), while optimizing illumination (beam divergence) for each field of view. This could be critical for situational awareness and target identification/designation in tactical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 December 2014
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(12) 125101 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.12.125101
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Freddie Santiago, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Brett E. Bagwell, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Victor Pinon, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Sanjay Krishna, The Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

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