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Infrared system design using coherent IR fiber bundles
Author(s): Cynthia Lea Chippindale; R. Lawrence Sinclair; Frank B. Johnston; Roger Henri Arsenault; Steve Tritchew; Paul C. Chevrette
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Paper Abstract

When designing wide field of view tactical or scientific infrared systems, the performance requirements often demand that a large aperture, diffraction limited telescope be specified. In such cases, it is often difficult to maintain a flat focal plane and to limit the image plane size to match an existing infrared focal plane array technology. In this paper the design of an optical system containing a coherent infrared fiber bundle is described. The advantages of reformatting a curved liner image plane to match a planar 2-D focal plane array are discussed. To validate the design concepts, a 12 channel fluoride fiber was employed to relay the image of a Schmidt Telescope to a remotely located detector array. A comparison of predicted system performance and measured system performance is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1970, Systems-Oriented Optical Design, (10 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.155833
Show Author Affiliations
Cynthia Lea Chippindale, Spar Aerospace Ltd. (Canada)
R. Lawrence Sinclair, Spar Aerospace Ltd. (Canada)
Frank B. Johnston, Spar Aerospace Ltd. (Canada)
Roger Henri Arsenault, Spar Aerospace Ltd. (Canada)
Steve Tritchew, Spar Aerospace Ltd. (Canada)
Paul C. Chevrette, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1970:
Systems-Oriented Optical Design
Thomas U. Kampe; Joseph H. Oberheuser, Editor(s)

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