22 August 2012 Miniaturized visible near-infrared hyperspectral imager for remote-sensing applications
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A new approach for the design and fabrication of a miniaturized hyperspectral imager is described. A unique and compact instrument has been developed by taking advantage of light propagation within bonded solid blocks of optically transmitting glass. The resulting series of micro-hyperspectral imaging (microHSI™) spectrometer has been developed, patented, and built as a visible near-infrared (VNIR) hyperspectral sensor capable of operating in the 400- to 1000-nm wavelength range. The spectrometer employs a blazed, convex diffraction grating in Offner configuration embedded within the optical blocks for ruggedized operation. This, in combination with fast spectrometer operation at f/2.0 , results in high optical throughput. The resulting microHSI™VNIR spectrometer weighs 0.54 kg, including foreoptics and camera, which results in a 2× decrease in spectrometer volume compared with current air-spaced Offner spectrometers. These instruments can accommodate custom, ruggedized foreoptics to adapt to a wide range of field-of-view requirements. These fast, telecentric foreoptics are chromatically corrected for wideband spectral applications. Results of field and laboratory testing of the microHSI™ spectrometers are presented and show that the sensor consistently meets technical performance predictions.
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Christopher P. Warren, Christopher P. Warren, Detlev M. Even, Detlev M. Even, William R. Pfister, William R. Pfister, Keith Nakanishi, Keith Nakanishi, Arleen Velasco, Arleen Velasco, David S. Breitwieser, David S. Breitwieser, Selwyn M. Yee, Selwyn M. Yee, Joseph Naungayan, Joseph Naungayan, } "Miniaturized visible near-infrared hyperspectral imager for remote-sensing applications," Optical Engineering 51(11), 111720 (22 August 2012). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.51.11.111720 . Submission:

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