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Fiber optically coupled infrared focal plane array system for use in missile warning receiver applications
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Paper Abstract

The location and installation of mid-infrared missile warning receiver sensors is limited by the mechanical constraints of the detector/dewar assembly and the associated cryogenic cooler assembly. The size, shape, and weight of these assemblies limit the installation alternatives, and prevent placing the missile warning receiver system in the optimum locations. Hence, their coverage and detection performance is limited. A micro-lens array coupled to a coherent fiber optic bundle and an infrared focal plane array were designed and experimentally implemented, to allow the mid-wave sensor and cryogenic devices to be located remotely from the receiver aperture. This eliminates the receiver aperture placement restrictions while easing the integration and maintenance of the sensor/dewar and cooler. Modulation transfer function and noise equivalent temperature difference measurements were performed to determine the performance of the imaging system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3701, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing X, (12 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352992
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Arnold Daniels, Optics 1, Inc. (United States)
Till Wolfgang Liepmann, Pacific-Sierra Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3701:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing X
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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