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Choosing Optics For Infrared (IR) Imaging Systems (And For Missile-Borne Trackers)
Author(s): Rolin Gebelein
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Paper Abstract

The intent of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of the optical factors which affect system choice in 10μ imaging applications. Illustrative design alternatives are developed and discussed. Single element designs, refractors, reflectors, and catadiop-tric designs are described and compared. Diffraction-limited performance is explained and predictions made of real-world performance. Production tolerances, and a method for predicting degradations experienced in mass production are presented. Radiometric aspects are left for subsequent papers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1978
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0131, Practical Infrared Optics, (4 May 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956047
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Rolin Gebelein, PTR Optics Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0131:
Practical Infrared Optics
Jerrold Zimmerman; George Speake, Editor(s)

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