Dr. Michael R. Descour
Senior Manager at Sandia National Labs
SPIE Involvement:
Track Chair | Author | Instructor
Publications (67)

Proceedings Article | 24 February 2010 Paper
Proceedings Volume 7558, 755808 (2010) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.842778
KEYWORDS: Image resolution, Distortion, Endoscopes, Sensors, Optical design, Imaging systems, Lens design, Endomicroscopy, Diffraction, Eye

Proceedings Article | 24 February 2010 Paper
Proceedings Volume 7558, 75580P (2010) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.842049
KEYWORDS: Wavefront sensors, Colorimetry, Lens design, Objectives, Polymethylmethacrylate, Wavefronts, Glasses, Optical components, Chromatic aberrations, Monochromators

Proceedings Article | 17 February 2010 Paper
Proceedings Volume 7590, 75900A (2010) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.840794
KEYWORDS: Lenses, Polymethylmethacrylate, Wavefronts, Micro cutting, Spindles, Diamond, Microlens array, Plastic lenses, Nanotechnology, Fabrication

SPIE Journal Paper | 1 September 2008 Open Access
Jeremy Rogers, Sara Landau, Tomasz Tkaczyk, Michael Descour, Mohammed Rahman, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Ari Karkkainen, Todd Christenson
JBO, Vol. 13, Issue 05, 054020, (September 2008) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.10.1117/1.2978060
KEYWORDS: Modulation transfer functions, Tissues, Relays, Imaging systems, Reflectivity, Luminescence, Microscopes, Quantum dots, Tissue optics, Gold

Proceedings Article | 23 February 2006 Paper
Proceedings Volume 6082, 60820E (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.647274
KEYWORDS: Birefringence, Objectives, Diffractive optical elements, Lenses, Annealing, Optical design, Modulation transfer functions, Optics manufacturing, Optical testing, Linear polarizers

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Proceedings Volume Editor (14)

SPIE Conference Volume | 17 January 2002

SPIE Conference Volume | 15 November 2000

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Conference Committee Involvement (22)
Imaging Spectrometry XII
28 August 2007 | San Diego, California, United States
Imaging Spectrometry XI
14 August 2006 | San Diego, California, United States
Imaging Spectrometry X
2 August 2004 | Denver, Colorado, United States
Imaging Spectrometry IX
6 August 2003 | San Diego, California, United States
Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery IX
21 April 2003 | Orlando, Florida, United States
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Course Instructor
SC180: Imaging Polarimetry
This course covers imaging polarimeters from an instrumentation-design point of view. Basic polarization elements for the visible, mid-wave infrared, and long-wave infrared are described in terms of Mueller matrices and the Poincaré sphere. Polarization parameters such as the degree of polarization (DOP), the degree of linear polarization (DOLP) and the degree of circular polarization (DOCP) are explained in an imaging context. Emphasis is on imaging systems designed to detect polarized light in a 2-D image format. System concepts are discussed using a Stokes-parameter (s0,s1,s2,s3) image. Imaging-polarimeter systems design, pixel registration, and signal to noise ratios are explored. Temporal artifacts, characterization and calibration techniques are defined.
SC153: Imaging Spectrometry
This course covers the design of imaging spectrometers, from instrumentation to data exploitation. Emphasis is placed on scanning systems in recognition of their prevalence. All system concepts are discussed from the perspective of acquiring an image cube. Example systems (AVIRIS, HYDICE, etc.) illustrate current design practices. Noise-equivalent spectral radiance (NESR) will be introduced and explained. In addition, data exploitation is discussed and examples demonstrated.
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