2 December 2014 Adaptive polymer lens for rapid zoom shortwave infrared imaging applications
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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, Sanjay Krishna, "Adaptive polymer lens for rapid zoom shortwave infrared imaging applications," Optical Engineering 53(12), 125101 (2 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.53.12.125101 . Submission:

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