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15 April 2008 Third-generation FLIR demonstrator
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One of the benefits of 3rd Generation FLIR technology is the potential to maintain range performance but with a much smaller optical system. A 3rd Gen Demonstrator (3GD) has been assembled and tested to demonstrate this capability. The 3GD features a four field of view optical system incorporating dual f/number optics with an all-reflective folded three mirror anastigmat (TMA) afocal, axial zoom dual band imager, internal thermal reference, and a beam splitter port for integrating other sensors such as a visible camera. This paper discusses the results of the fabrication of this 3rd Gen demonstration system with an emphasis on lessons learned from the challenges of 3rd Gen optics.
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Jay Vizgaitis, Jason Miller, John Hall, and Dan Berube "Third-generation FLIR demonstrator", Proc. SPIE 6940, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV, 69400U (15 April 2008);

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