Dr. S. Craig Olson
Engineering Fellow at L3 Sonoma EO
SPIE Involvement:
Membership & Communities Committee | Symposia Committee | Strategic Planning Committee | Board of Directors Advisors | Board of Directors | Conference Program Committee | Author | Editor | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Optical Design and Engineering , EOIR System Development , Sensor system modeling
Profile Summary

Craig Olson received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MS and Ph.D. in from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Olson has a multidisciplinary electro-optical engineering background with training in in electrical engineering, semiconductor lasers and diffraction theory of laser emission. He has worked in both the telecommunications and commercial optical products sector wiht emphasis on more traditional optical design and engineering. Since 2005 he has been at L-3 Communications during which time he has designed, modeled, and built several multispectral sensor payloads for airborne- and ground-based imaging.
Publications (23)

SPIE Journal Paper | 27 July 2019
OE Vol. 58 Issue 07
KEYWORDS: Sensors, Infrared search and track, Target detection, Point spread functions, Modulation transfer functions, Signal to noise ratio, Visibility, Diffraction, Optical engineering, Detector arrays

SPIE Journal Paper | 27 May 2019
OE Vol. 58 Issue 05
KEYWORDS: Signal to noise ratio, Sensors, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Infrared sensors, Mid-IR, Cameras, Long wavelength infrared, Point spread functions, Target detection, Thermal modeling

Proceedings Article | 14 May 2019
Proc. SPIE. 11001, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXX
KEYWORDS: Target detection, Long wavelength infrared, Signal to noise ratio, Infrared sensors, Unmanned aerial vehicles, Mid-IR, Point spread functions, Cameras, Sensors, Thermal modeling

SPIE Journal Paper | 30 April 2019
OE Vol. 58 Issue 04
KEYWORDS: Unmanned aerial vehicles, Mid-IR, Long wavelength infrared, Cameras, Black bodies, Infrared signatures, Calibration, Infrared search and track, Sensors, Optical engineering

Proceedings Article | 11 May 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10650, Long-Range Imaging III
KEYWORDS: Point spread functions, Imaging systems, Sensors, Video, Video surveillance, Image quality, Modulation transfer functions, Motion models, Systems modeling

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Proceedings Volume Editor (5)

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 April 2018

SPIE Conference Volume | 7 April 2017

SPIE Conference Volume | 22 August 2016

SPIE Conference Volume | 17 April 2015

SPIE Conference Volume | 4 April 2014

Conference Committee Involvement (34)
Advanced Optics for Imaging Applications: UV through LWIR VI
11 April 2021 | Orlando, Florida, United States
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VIII
23 January 2021 | San Francisco, California, United States
Novel Optical Systems, Methods, and Applications XXIII
25 August 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Advanced Optics for Imaging Applications: UV through LWIR V
27 April 2020 | Online Only, California, United States
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VII
4 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC003: Practical Optical System Design7
This course will provide attendees with a basic working knowledge of optical design and associated engineering. The information in this course will help novice and experienced designers, as well as people who interact with optical designers and engineers, sufficiently understand these problems and solutions to minimize cost and risk. The course includes background information for optical design and an array of pragmatic considerations such as optical system specification, analysis of optical systems, material selection, use of catalog systems and components, ultraviolet through infrared system considerations, environmental factors and solutions, Gaussian beam optics, and production considerations such as optical testing and alignment. The course includes practical and useful examples emphasizing rigorous optical design and engineering with an emphasis on designing for manufacture. Even if you have never used an optical design program before, you will become fluent with how to estimate, assess, execute, and manage the design of optical systems for many varied applications.<p> </p> This course is a continuation of the long-running Practical Optical Systems Design course established and taught by Robert E. Fischer.
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