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CO2 Laser-Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Integration Concepts
Author(s): G. R. Osche; C. F. Luck; R. E. Seavey; R. K. Phelan
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Paper Abstract

A survey of techniques for combining active laser functions with passive thermal imaging systems is presented along with some recent accomplishments. Emphasis is placed on the advantages of integrating CO2 lasers with the 8 - 12 μm thermal sensors arising from the commonality of operating wavelengths. Compatibility of performance, eye safety and sharing of optical components are pointed out as the primary driving factors which favor CO2 lasers. Recent accomplishments include the development of the first U.S. CO2 laser range-finder which has been integrated with the thermal sensor for a high survivability test vehicle (HSTV). A fully modularized, sealed-off CO2 TEA laser rangefinder developed for the U.S. Army is also described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 1980
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0227, CO2 Laser Devices and Applications, (22 August 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958747
Show Author Affiliations
G. R. Osche, Raytheon Company, (United States)
C. F. Luck, Raytheon Company (United States)
R. E. Seavey, Raytheon Company, (United States)
R. K. Phelan, Raytheon Company, (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0227:
CO2 Laser Devices and Applications
Thomas S. Hartwick, Editor(s)

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