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First-Order Design Of Optical Baffles
Author(s): Edward R. Freniere
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Paper Abstract

Optical systems which have stringent reouirements on stray light levels often need optical baffles. Some basic design principles and goals for baffles are Presented. Four generic optical designs and their advantages for stray light control are discussed: all reflective and all refractive reimaging and nonreimaging systems. The desirable shape and location of baffle vanes are shown, based on various design criteria. Presuming that the designer has the ability to control specular reflections from baffle surfaces, absorptive coatings which reflect specularly are preferred over those which reflect diffusely. Stray energy from edge diffraction can be controlled in a nonreimaging optical system by forcing light to undergo multiple diffractions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 1981
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0257, Radiation Scattering in Optical Systems, (3 March 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959598
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Edward R. Freniere, Honeywell Electro-Optics Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0257:
Radiation Scattering in Optical Systems
Gary H. Hunt, Editor(s)

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