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ALON GRIN optics for visible-MWIR applications
Author(s): Nagendra Nag; Santosh Jha; Suri Sastri; Lee M. Goldman; Peter McCarthy; Greg R. Schmidt; Julie L. Bentley; Duncan T Moore
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Paper Abstract

Surmet continuously strives to develop novel, advanced optical ceramics products for current and future defense and commercial systems. Using conventional powder processing techniques, Surmet has made substantial progress in its ability to manufacture large ALON® sensor windows, lenses, domes and transparent armor. In addition to transparency, Surmet has demonstrated the ability to incorporate other capabilities into its optical ceramic components, including: EMI shielding, heating, internal antennas and cooling channels. Working closely with the University of Rochester, Surmet has developed gradient index (GRIN) optics in ALON for use in the visible through the MWIR applications. Surmet has demonstrated the ability to tailor the refractive index of ALON® Optical Ceramic by either varying its composition or through the addition of dopants. Smooth axial and radial gradient profiles with ~0.055 change in refractive index, over depths of 1-8 mm (axial) and over 20 mm radius (radial) have been demonstrated. Initial design studies have shown that such elements provide unique capabilities. Radial gradients in particular, with their optical power contribution, provide additional degrees of freedom for color correction in broadband imaging systems. Surmet continues to mature ALON® GRIN technology along with the associated metrology. Surmet is committed to the development of its ALON® GRIN capability as well as finding insertion opportunities in novel imaging solutions for military and other commercial systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9822, Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR, 98220V (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224961
Show Author Affiliations
Nagendra Nag, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Santosh Jha, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Suri Sastri, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Lee M. Goldman, Surmet Corp. (United States)
Peter McCarthy, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Greg R. Schmidt, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Julie L. Bentley, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Duncan T Moore, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9822:
Advanced Optics for Defense Applications: UV through LWIR
Jay N. Vizgaitis; Bjørn F. Andresen; Peter L. Marasco; Jasbinder S. Sanghera; Miguel P. Snyder, Editor(s)

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