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Development of MWIR continuous zoom with large zoom range
Author(s): Mark C. Sanson; James Cornell; Brian Roy; Stephen Herbert; Ken Woodard; Kent Sawyer
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Paper Abstract

A thermal imaging zoom system has been developed for the mid wave infrared band with greater than 30X zoom range. The zoom system provides continuous changes in the field of view from the narrow field of view to the wide field of view. Athermalization was also a key feature included in the design. An active thermal compensation approach is being used to cover a broad thermal range. A preloaded rail approach is used to maintain boresight and vibration requirements. The final optical layout and mechanical design resulted in a system suitable for tactical and other harsh environments. The current design is very compact for the extremely large zoom range but, the lens layout also provides adequate space for folding. In this way the zoom system can be easily configured for applications with compact space claims such as small turrets or gimbals. The fundamental optical design has also been found to be capable of accommodating different camera formats (focal plane array size and F number).

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 80122F (21 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886270
Show Author Affiliations
Mark C. Sanson, Corning Inc. (United States)
James Cornell, Corning Inc. (United States)
Brian Roy, Corning Inc. (United States)
Stephen Herbert, Corning Inc. (United States)
Ken Woodard, Corning Inc. (United States)
Kent Sawyer, Corning Inc. (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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