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Dual f/number optics for third generation FLIR systems
Author(s): Jay N. Vizgaitis
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Paper Abstract

Dual f/number cooled IR optics allow future systems (i.e. 3rd Gen FLIR) to be optimized for each operational mode, while maintaining the same size packages. This permits improved signal-to-noise ratios for search applications while maintaining long ranges for targeting applications. In addition, it enables the optimization of dual band sensor optics (MWIR and LWIR) based on the change of the diffraction limit with wavelength and f/number. In essence, dual f/number optics allow for improvements in either sensitivity or resolution for a given operational mode of a sensor, depending on which is more critical. To make the transition from 2nd Generation systems to 3rd Generation dual f/number systems, both the optics and cold stop require changes. This paper details the concept of dual f/number optics, their design requirements, and the optics related issues that are inherent in their design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5783, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI, (31 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604328
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Jay N. Vizgaitis, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC NVESD (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5783:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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