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Comparison of conventional and microlens-array agile beam steerers
Author(s): Graham F. McDearmon; Kevin M. Flood; J. Michael Finlan
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Paper Abstract

We analyzed the optical and mechanical performance of several designs of agile beam steerers based on refractive microlens arrays for sensing and imaging applications in the visible and infrared wavebands. Ray-trace analyses showed that the best design is capable of steering narrowband illumination +/- 25 degree(s) in two dimensions with nearly diffraction-limited performance. The maximum steering angle depends on the materials. We found that imaging the field of regard takes significantly more time than scanning it unless cameras with very high frame-rates are used. We performed many parametric studies that can be used to optimize the design for any application. We compared optimal designs for microlens-array and conventional galvanometric agile beam steerers. The microlens-array agile beam steerer provides significant improvements in scanning speed, random access pointing, energy consumption, mass reduction, and volume reduction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2383, Micro-Optics/Micromechanics and Laser Scanning and Shaping, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209018
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Graham F. McDearmon, LSA, Inc. (United States)
Kevin M. Flood, LSA, Inc. (United States)
J. Michael Finlan, LSA, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2383:
Micro-Optics/Micromechanics and Laser Scanning and Shaping
M. Edward Motamedi; Leo Beiser, Editor(s)

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