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Considerations for DMDs operating in the infrared
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Paper Abstract

The evolution of the DMD has enabled the development of a broad range of technologies from sensors to various types of devices such as projectors and displays. The low cost and excellent reliability has made the DMD an ideal choice for most applications requiring a spatial light modulator. The aluminum micromirrors can be used over a broad spectral range with an appropriate window; DMD-based systems have therefore been realized across the ultraviolet through and including the longwave infrared. Of particular interest for scene projector, compressive imaging, and spectrometer applications is the use of the DMD in the infrared where diffraction, instrument radiance, and optical resolution impose performance limits. Diffraction and instrument radiance, among other factors, impact the highest achievable contrast, and constraints on the lowest practical illumination and projection f/# limit the ability to resolve a single micromirror at longer wavelengths. In this paper, we present analytical models addressing these issues as well as demonstrated solutions in a DMD-based midwave infrared (MWIR) scene projector as well as a MWIR compressive imaging camera.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8254, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications IV, 82540J (13 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.905667
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Julia Rentz Dupuis, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)
David J. Mansur, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8254:
Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications IV
Michael R. Douglass; Patrick I. Oden, Editor(s)

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