Abstract

A nonsequential ray tracing technique is used to calculate the narcissus signature in infrared (IR) imaging cameras having cooled detectors operating in the 7-11 μm waveband. Imaging cameras based on a one-dimensional linear detector array with a scan mirror are simulated. Circularly symmetric diffractive phase surfaces commonly used in modern IR cameras are modeled including multiple diffraction orders in the narcissus retroreflection path to correctly estimate the stray light return signal. An optical design example based on a step-zoom dual field of view optical system is discussed along with the performance curves to elaborate the modeling technique. Optical methods to minimize the narcissus return signal are explained, and modeling results presented. The nonsequential ray tracing technique is found to be an effective method to accurately calculate the narcissus return signal in complex IR cameras having diffractive surfaces.

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  1. M. N. Akram, “Simulation and control of narcissus phenomenon using nonsequential ray tracing. I. Staring camera in 3-5 μm waveband,” Appl. Opt. 49, 964-975 (2010).
  2. M. N. Akram, “Design of a multiple field-of-view optical system for 3-5 μm infrared focal-plane arrays,” Opt. Eng. 42, 1704-1714 (2003).
  3. M. N. Akram and M. H. Asghar, “Step-zoom dual field-of-view infrared telescope,” Appl. Opt. 42, 2312-2316 (2003).
    [CrossRef]
  4. M. N. Akram, “A design study of dual field-of-view imaging systems for the 3-5 μm waveband utilizing focal plane arrays,” J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 5, 308-322 (2003).
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  6. S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).
  7. J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).
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  9. E. Ford and D. Hasenauer, “Narcissus in current generation FLIR systems,” in Critical Reviews of Optical Science and Technology (SPIE, 1991), Vol. CR38, pp. 95-119.

2010

2006

S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).

2003

M. N. Akram, “A design study of dual field-of-view imaging systems for the 3-5 μm waveband utilizing focal plane arrays,” J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 5, 308-322 (2003).

M. N. Akram, “Design of a multiple field-of-view optical system for 3-5 μm infrared focal-plane arrays,” Opt. Eng. 42, 1704-1714 (2003).

M. N. Akram and M. H. Asghar, “Step-zoom dual field-of-view infrared telescope,” Appl. Opt. 42, 2312-2316 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002

H. S. Kim, C. W. Kim, and S. M. Hong, “Compact mid-wavelength infrared zoom camera with 20∶1 zoom range and automatic athermalization,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1661-1667(2002).

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

Akram, M. N.

M. N. Akram, “Simulation and control of narcissus phenomenon using nonsequential ray tracing. I. Staring camera in 3-5 μm waveband,” Appl. Opt. 49, 964-975 (2010).

M. N. Akram, “A design study of dual field-of-view imaging systems for the 3-5 μm waveband utilizing focal plane arrays,” J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 5, 308-322 (2003).

M. N. Akram and M. H. Asghar, “Step-zoom dual field-of-view infrared telescope,” Appl. Opt. 42, 2312-2316 (2003).
[CrossRef]

M. N. Akram, “Design of a multiple field-of-view optical system for 3-5 μm infrared focal-plane arrays,” Opt. Eng. 42, 1704-1714 (2003).

Asghar, M. H.

Ford, E.

E. Ford and D. Hasenauer, “Narcissus in current generation FLIR systems,” in Critical Reviews of Optical Science and Technology (SPIE, 1991), Vol. CR38, pp. 95-119.

Hasenauer, D.

E. Ford and D. Hasenauer, “Narcissus in current generation FLIR systems,” in Critical Reviews of Optical Science and Technology (SPIE, 1991), Vol. CR38, pp. 95-119.

Hong, S. M.

S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).

H. S. Kim, C. W. Kim, and S. M. Hong, “Compact mid-wavelength infrared zoom camera with 20∶1 zoom range and automatic athermalization,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1661-1667(2002).

Kim, C. W.

S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).

H. S. Kim, C. W. Kim, and S. M. Hong, “Compact mid-wavelength infrared zoom camera with 20∶1 zoom range and automatic athermalization,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1661-1667(2002).

Kim, H. S.

S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).

H. S. Kim, C. W. Kim, and S. M. Hong, “Compact mid-wavelength infrared zoom camera with 20∶1 zoom range and automatic athermalization,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1661-1667(2002).

Kobayashi, M.

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

Kudo, J.

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

Okamura, T.

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

Tanikawa, K. A.

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

Wada, H.

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

Yu, W. K.

S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).

Appl. Opt.

J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt.

M. N. Akram, “A design study of dual field-of-view imaging systems for the 3-5 μm waveband utilizing focal plane arrays,” J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 5, 308-322 (2003).

Opt. Eng.

H. S. Kim, C. W. Kim, and S. M. Hong, “Compact mid-wavelength infrared zoom camera with 20∶1 zoom range and automatic athermalization,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1661-1667(2002).

S. M. Hong, H. S. Kim, W. K. Yu, and C. W. Kim, “High performance long-wave infrared sensor with large zoom optics and high-definition television format,” Opt. Eng. 45, 123201-123209(2006).

J. Kudo, H. Wada, T. Okamura, M. Kobayashi, and K. A. Tanikawa, “Diffractive lenses in the 8 to 10 μm forward-looking infrared systems,” Opt. Eng. 41, 1787-1791 (2002).

M. N. Akram, “Design of a multiple field-of-view optical system for 3-5 μm infrared focal-plane arrays,” Opt. Eng. 42, 1704-1714 (2003).

Other

Zemax Development Corporation, Zemax User Manual, 3001 112th Avenue NE, Suite 202, Bellevue, WA 98004-8017, USA, 2009.

E. Ford and D. Hasenauer, “Narcissus in current generation FLIR systems,” in Critical Reviews of Optical Science and Technology (SPIE, 1991), Vol. CR38, pp. 95-119.

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