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Diffractive objective in night-vision goggles
Author(s): Haixian Zhou
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Paper Abstract

Conventional refractive or reflection-refractive objectives for Night Vision Goggles (NVG) are more complicated because they require larger relative aperture and better correction of aberrations in broadband spectral response. However, further improvement of this objective is limited by conventional optics. Diffractive optics has some unique features, which can improve the imaging quality of the conventional optics system. First, effective dispersion of diffractive optics is opposite in sign to that of refractive elements, the monochromatic aberrations are easier to be corrected. Second, diffractive optics does not contribute Petzval field curvature. Third, another advantages of diffractive optics applied to the objective design are to reduce number of optical elements, overall weight and system cost. Finally, optical imaging quality of NVG that compares with the conventional optics is improved significantly. The paper will describe two hybrid diffractive-refractive objective design configurations of NVG and show comparable or improved imaging quality compared with conventional six- element objective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3482, International Optical Design Conference 1998, (21 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.322030
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Haixian Zhou, Electro-Optical Equipment Research Institute (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3482:
International Optical Design Conference 1998
Leo R. Gardner; Kevin P. Thompson, Editor(s)

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