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Cryogenic solid Schmidt camera as a base for future wide-field IR systems
Author(s): Alexey N. Yudin
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Paper Abstract

Work is focused on study of capability of solid Schmidt camera to serve as a wide-field infrared lens for aircraft system with whole sphere coverage, working in 8-14 um spectral range, coupled with spherical focal array of megapixel class. Designs of 16 mm f/0.2 lens with 60 and 90 degrees sensor diagonal are presented, their image quality is compared with conventional solid design. Achromatic design with significantly improved performance, containing enclosed soft correcting lens behind protective front lens is proposed. One of the main goals of the work is to estimate benefits from curved detector arrays in 8-14 um spectral range wide-field systems. Coupling of photodetector with solid Schmidt camera by means of frustrated total internal reflection is considered, with corresponding tolerance analysis. The whole lens, except front element, is considered to be cryogenic, with solid Schmidt unit to be flown by hydrogen for improvement of bulk transmission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8185, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications VIII, 81850J (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.897962
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Alexey N. Yudin, Keldysh Institute for Applied Mathematics (Russian Federation)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8185:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications VIII
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard R. Ebert, Editor(s)

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