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Infrared Optical Grade Germanium
Author(s): James R. Piedmont
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Paper Abstract

The requirements for high performance thermal imaging electro-optical systems have stimulated the need for concomitant quality of optical materials. One material, germanium, is extensively used in thermal imaging systems and has become the dominant material for the optical components of such systems. Optical grade germanium specifications do not exist in the Government-Industry complex and each lens system designer must independently specify the germanium characteristic and performance requirements. This paper briefly describes several performance characteristics of germanium which are based on a Government-Industry coordinated survey.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1979
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0181, Contemporary Optical Systems and Components Specifications, (7 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957358
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James R. Piedmont, U. S. Army Electronics Research & Development Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0181:
Contemporary Optical Systems and Components Specifications
Robert E. Fischer, Editor(s)

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