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Optical analysis of segmented aircraft windows
Author(s): Mike Ivor Jones; Mark S. Jones
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Paper Abstract

Segmented windows for military aircraft introduce several optical effects into airborne electro-optical sensor imagery. A diffraction-based computer code has been written to calculate these effects and predict impacts on installed sensor performance. Experimental validation of the code agrees to within 3 percent. The window segments are seen to effectively divide the sensor pupil into separate optical apertures sharing a common focal plane. Extremely tight optical wedge tolerances are indicated for high-resolution sensors. Performance predictions for various pupil splitting geometries are shown, both for polychromatic incoherent sensor imagery and coherent laser radiation. Effects of varying differential wedge on sensor imagery are shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1991
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 1498, Tactical Infrared Systems, (1 October 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46815
Show Author Affiliations
Mike Ivor Jones, General Dynamics Corp. (United States)
Mark S. Jones, Storz Instrument Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1498:
Tactical Infrared Systems
Jerry W. Tuttle, Editor(s)

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