This text is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to infrared-transparent materials for windows and domes that must withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as high-speed flight or high-temperature process monitoring. Each section contains sufficient introductory explanation so that the book should be readable by anyone with a background in science or engineering. The current volume builds on its predecessor, Infrared Window and Dome Materials, published in 1992 as part of the SPIE Tutorial Text series. The book you are holding incorporates seven years of new developments in the field of infrared windows and includes additional reference information and some more theory to make it more useful.
My wife, Sally, prepared many of the illustrations and contributed in many ways to the production of this volume. The manuscript benefited from critical reviews by Mike Thomas of the Applied Physics Lab and Lee Goldman of Raytheon and many helpful discussions with Claude Klein. Mel Nadler, Mike Seltzer and Andy Wright recorded some of the spectra that appear in this book. I also wish to express my appreciation to the management at China Lake, which values creative and scholarly activities, and to the Office of Naval Research for ongoing support of window material research and development.
I welcome your comments, corrections and suggestions.
China Lake, California
© 1999 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers