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Functional challenges for optical window materials
Author(s): Joel Askinazi
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Paper Abstract

Anticipated airborne targeting, acquisition, and reconnaissance sensor suites will require common, large aperture, highly durable, broadband optical windows. These windows will have apertures as large as 20 inches and will need to transmit from the visible to midwave IR or from the visible to the long wave IR wavelengths. They will also need to survive rain impact at speeds greater than Mach 1.0. Available optical materials do not currently satisfy these requirements. Specific development and improvements will be required. To guide the development efforts, this paper addresses anticipated window requirements, associated improvements that will be required, and potential approaches for achieving them. As a leading manufacturer of optical window assemblies, we are prepared to assume a leadership role in working towards satisfying the optical material challenges addressed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2018, Passive Materials for Optical Elements II, (6 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165224
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Joel Askinazi, Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2018:
Passive Materials for Optical Elements II
Gary W. Wilkerson, Editor(s)

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