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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 4 — Feb. 1, 1998
  • pp: 622–626

Design of three-element night-vision goggle objectives

Jennifer L. Rouke, Mary Kate Crawford, David J. Fischer, Curtis J. Harkrider, Duncan T. Moore, and Todd H. Tomkinson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 4, pp. 622-626 (1998)

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Night-vision goggle objectives are often composed of six or more conventional lens elements with spherical surfaces and homogeneous refractive indices. Special elements such as aspheres, diffractive optics, and gradient-index materials can be used to reduce the total number of lenses required to meet military design specifications. A study was performed to examine the use of various combinations of these special surfaces to determine the minimum number of elements that can be used to construct the objective system. We present and compare the best resulting designs.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(120.3620) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Lens system design
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(330.7310) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision

Original Manuscript: April 25, 1997
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 1997
Published: February 1, 1998

Jennifer L. Rouke, Mary Kate Crawford, David J. Fischer, Curtis J. Harkrider, Duncan T. Moore, and Todd H. Tomkinson, "Design of three-element night-vision goggle objectives," Appl. Opt. 37, 622-626 (1998)

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