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Canopy induced aberration correction in airborne electro-optical imaging systems
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Paper Abstract

An increasing number of electro-optical systems are being used by pilots in tactical aircraft. This means that the afore mentioned systems must operate through the aircrafts canopy, unfortunately the canopy functions as a less than ideal lens element in the electro-optical sensor optical path. The canopy serves first and foremost as an aircraft structural component, considerations like minimizing the drag co-efficient and the ability to survive bird strikes take precedence over achieving optimal optical characteristics. This paper describes how the authors characterized the optical characteristics of an aircraft canopy. Families of modulation transfer functions were generated, for various viewing geometries through the canopy and for various electro-optical system entrance pupil diameters. These functions provided us with the means to significantly reduce the effect of the canopy "lens" on the performance of a representative electro-optical system, using an Astigmatic Corrector Lens. A comparison of the electro-optical system performance with and without correction is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8185, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications VIII, 81850H (28 September 2011);
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James A. Harder, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (United States)
Michaelene W. Sprague, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (United States)

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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