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The design of SWIR imaging lenses using plastic optics
Author(s): R. Hamilton Shepard
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Paper Abstract

Plastic lenses are widely used in visible imaging systems and provide a number of advantages including reduced weight. However, their use in the short-wave infrared (SWIR) has been limited due to the presence of strong material absorption bands occurring at wavelengths above 1 micron. This paper explores the viability of using plastic optics in broadband SWIR imaging applications and the efficacy of using plastic lenses as a method of weight reduction. A design study is presented to reveal combinations of plastic and glass lenses suitable for aberration correction. Weight savings is quantified via a comparison to glass lenses to investigate the trade-off between using lower density plastic materials and the faster F/#s (i.e. larger lenses) required to compensate for the signal loss caused by their absorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8489, Polymer Optics and Molded Glass Optics: Design, Fabrication, and Materials II, 84890A (19 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.928708
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R. Hamilton Shepard, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8489:
Polymer Optics and Molded Glass Optics: Design, Fabrication, and Materials II
David H. Krevor; William S. Beich; Michael P. Schaub; Stefan M. Bäumer, Editor(s)

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