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Transformation of filter transmission data for f-number and chief ray angle
Author(s): Jeffrey L. Rienstra
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a method for transforming measured optical and infrared filter data for use with optical systems of arbitrary f-number and angle of incidence. Although it is generally desirable to have normal incidence at the filter (i.e., collimated light where an optical filter is used), other system design considerations may take precedence. In the case of a multispectral sensor under development at Sandia National Laboratories, system constraints require optical filter placement very near the focal plane. The light rays incident on the filters are therefore converging as determined by the system f-number while the chief ray of each ray bundle varies with focal plane position. To analyze the system's spectral response at different points on the focal plane, a method was devised to transform the filter vendor's measured data to account for the optical system design. The key to the transformation is the determination of weighting factors and shift factors for each angle of incidence making up a ray bundle. A computer worksheet was developed using a popular mathematical software package which performs this transformation for 75 key points on the focal plane.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3377, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing IX, (26 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319380
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Jeffrey L. Rienstra, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3377:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing IX
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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