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Somewhere under the rainbow: the visible to far infrared imaging lens
Author(s): Troy A. Palmer; Christopher C. Alexay; Steven Vogel
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Paper Abstract

This article explores the complex design challenges of optical imaging systems that can operate over a broad range of the electromagnetic spectrum, covering all bands from the visible to the far infrared simultaneously. Although the focus is placed on a refractive solution to these challenges, an effort to outline the limitations of reflective solutions is also presented. After exploring a novel method to optimize the choice of optical materials, an elegant and efficient example is provided: a refractive lens that is at once a total optical solution (one lens covering a broad spectral range) and a common aperture solution (one lens that works simultaneously with several camera types). This solution, StingRay Optics' own SuperBandTM Optic, is ultimately explored in its functionality to address this need in an advantageous manner.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 801223 (21 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884188
Show Author Affiliations
Troy A. Palmer, StingRay Optics, LLC (United States)
Christopher C. Alexay, StingRay Optics, LLC (United States)
Steven Vogel, StingRay Optics, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8012:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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