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Third generation infrared optics
Author(s): Jay Vizgaitis
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Paper Abstract

The advancement from 2nd Gen FLIR to 3rd Gen FLIR provides a significant improvement in capability, but at the cost of increased optical complexity. It is not feasible to utilize optics from previous generations image adequately with a 3rd Gen FLIR engine. Incorporating new technologies such as dual f/number dewars and dual band detectors results in very different optical design requirements from previous generations. Lack of broadband optical materials and coatings adds further complexity to the 3rd Gen optical problem. This paper examines the new complexities that are being introduced by 3rd Gen, some of the generic approaches that are necessary, and areas where more work is required.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6940, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV, 69400S (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.779095
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Jay Vizgaitis, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6940:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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