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The Design Of Athermal Infrared Optical Systems
Author(s): Dawn S Garcia-Nunez; David Michika
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Paper Abstract

This paper will discuss the design techniques to athermalize infrared optical systems. The discussion will focus on specific state-of-the-art tactical weapon applications for thermally compensated optical imaging systems. The main objective is to athermalize the system by choosing the correct mounting materials without the use of active mechanisms such as electronic motor or liquid bellows lens focus drives. Two specific designs with their advantages and disadvantages will be discussed -- a catadioptric imaging system and an all refractive imaging system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 1989
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1049, Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop II, (13 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951410
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Dawn S Garcia-Nunez, Ford Aerospace Corporation (United States)
David Michika, Ford Aerospace Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1049:
Recent Trends in Optical Systems Design and Computer Lens Design Workshop II
Robert E. Fischer; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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