Optical Design and Engineering

Adaptive polymer lens for rapid zoom shortwave infrared imaging applications

[+] Author Affiliations
Freddie Santiago

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20375, United States

Brett E. Bagwell, Victor Pinon, III

Sandia National Laboratories, 1515 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123, United States

Sanjay Krishna

UNM Center for High Technology Materials, 1313 Goddard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106-4343, United States

Opt. Eng. 53(12), 125101 (Dec 02, 2014). doi:10.1117/1.OE.53.12.125101
History: Received July 21, 2014; Accepted November 4, 2014
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Abstract.  This work demonstrates the use of adaptive polymer lenses (APLs) for short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) applications. First, we present a push-button adaptive optical zoom system for variable magnification with a SWIR focal plane array. We then present a push-button, variable divergence, SWIR laser system for pointing and illumination. Last, we outline a system that combines the two: an SWIR adaptive zoom coupled with an APL-enhanced designator/illuminator. The result would allow a user to toggle between different fields of view (magnification), while optimizing illumination (beam divergence) for each field of view. This could be critical for situational awareness and target identification/designation in tactical applications.

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Freddie Santiago ; Brett E. Bagwell ; Victor Pinon, III and Sanjay Krishna
"Adaptive polymer lens for rapid zoom shortwave infrared imaging applications", Opt. Eng. 53(12), 125101 (Dec 02, 2014). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.53.12.125101


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