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Optical design of an orbiting low-light cloud imager lens
Author(s): James B. Hadaway
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Paper Abstract

A conceptual design has been developed for a Low-light Cloud Imager (LCI) to be used on a combination NOAA/DoD weather satellite. This lens was specified to have a ground resolution of 2.4 km over a 1 10 °x7 1 ° field of view. In order to accomplish this resolution on the night-side ofthe earth in the visible/near-infrared waveband (400-1000 nm), a very fast (f/1.72) lens was required. This paper describes the requirements on the lens, the effort to design a lens to meet the requirements, and the resulting performance of the conceptual design. Special attention is given to the following areas: understanding the performance requirements, simultaneously accomplishing a wide field of view and a low f-number, color correction, and distortion correction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3130, Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling, (25 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284071
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James B. Hadaway, Ctr. for Applied Optics/Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3130:
Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling
R. Barry Johnson; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Richard C. Juergens; Richard C. Juergens; Paul R. Yoder; Warren J. Smith; Paul R. Yoder, Editor(s)

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