9 May 2006 Diffractive optics for use in illumination systems for defense and security applications
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Laser based illumination has proven to be useful in a number of defense and security applications such as target illumination, counter measures, mine detection, and LADAR. For some of these applications, it is desirable to create an illumination with a specified angular dependence, while for others it is desirable to have a particular illumination profile at a specified plane. Conventional approaches to these requirements often involve beam truncation or beam energy redistribution with the target plane having a limited range. Diffractive optic based approaches are capable of providing high performance solutions to many of these problems. For example, a diffractive diffuser approach can be used to create tailored intensity profiles which can be much more efficient than using a truncated Gaussian beam in the region of interest. In particular, the binary optics approach to fabrication of diffractive optics provides a repeatable, high quality method for volume manufacturing of these elements. At Digital Optics Corporation, we have designed and fabricated wafer-based optics for a variety of applications in the 157nm-14μm wavelength range. During this talk we will present design and experimental results for several applications illustrating the use of diffractive elements for laser based illumination.
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Robert E. Hutchins, Robert E. Hutchins, James T. A. Carriere, James T. A. Carriere, Jessica L. Wargats, Jessica L. Wargats, Michael W. Magoon, Michael W. Magoon, } "Diffractive optics for use in illumination systems for defense and security applications", Proc. SPIE 6203, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security II, 62030U (9 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666739; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.666739

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