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Nonmechanical microscanning using optical space-fed phased arrays
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Paper Abstract

A method for microscanning in imaging sensors is developed that allows liquid-crystal beam steerers to be used as nonmechanical microscan devices. This submicroscanning method involves using liquid-crystal beam steerers to shift images on a focal plane array by a fraction of the amount used in typical microscan methods. Interpolation techniques based on interlaced sampling are used to produce images free of aliasing out to twice the Nyquist frequency determined by the focal plane array. Since a continuous phase ramp is produced by the liquid-crystal beam steerer, dispersion effects due to the grating-like nature of the devices are avoided. Simulations for both 1D and 2D cases are presented, as well as experimental results using a 3 to 5 micrometers imaging sensor and a liquid-crystal beam steerer designed for operation at 1.064 micrometers .

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2224, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing V, (8 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.180071
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth J. Barnard, H. N. Burns Engineering Corp. (United States)
Edward A. Watson, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)
Paul F. McManamon, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2224:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing V
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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