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7 October 1994 Stray light performance optimization through system design
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The performance of an optical sensor is limited by one or more noise sources. To obtain the expected high sensitivity commensurate to recent technological advances, it is necessary to suppress the `noise' attributed to stray light. After defining stray light and addressing its impact on sensor performance, general principles for stray light optimization are presented from the system engineer's perspective. Data from stray light analyses performed on the optical monitor of the X-ray Multi-mirror Mission (XMM-OM) and the visible channel of the Cassini visible infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS-V) provide a basis for a comparative study between the traditional Ritchey-Chretien telescope and a contemporary off-axis re- imager that is inherently stray light inviolable.
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Francis M. Reininger "Stray light performance optimization through system design", Proc. SPIE 2260, Stray Radiation in Optical Systems III, (7 October 1994);

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