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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 1011 imaging applications. Illustrative design alternatives are developed and discussed. Single element designs, refractors, reflectors, and catadioptric 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: 2 June 1978
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0133, Optics in Missile Engineering, (2 June 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956074
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Rolin Gebelein, PTR Optics Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0133:
Optics in Missile Engineering
Stephen A. Benton; Geoffery Knight, Editor(s)

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