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Folded path LWIR system for SWAP constrained platforms
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Paper Abstract

Folded path reflection and catadioptric optics are of growing interest, especially in the long wave infrared (LWIR), due to continuing demands for reductions in imaging system size, weight and power (SWAP). We present the optical design and laboratory data for a 50 mm focal length low f/# folded-path compact LWIR imaging system. The optical design uses 4 concentric aspheric mirrors, each of which is described by annular aspheric functions well suited to the folded path design space. The 4 mirrors are diamond turned onto two thin air-spaced aluminum plates which can be manually focused onto the uncooled LWIR microbolometer array detector. Stray light analysis will be presented to show how specialized internal baffling can be used to reduce stray light propagation through the folded path optical train. The system achieves near diffraction limited performance across the FOV with a 15 mm long optical train and a 5 mm back focal distance. The completed system is small enough to reside within a 3 inch diameter ball gimbal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9070, Infrared Technology and Applications XL, 907029 (24 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050503
Show Author Affiliations
Erin F. Fleet, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael L. Wilson, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Dale Linne von Berg, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas Giallorenzi, DCS Corp. (United States)
Barry Mathieu, Barry Design, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9070:
Infrared Technology and Applications XL
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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