Imaging Performance Analysis of an EO/IR Dual Band Airborne Camera

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An airborne sensor is developed for remote sensing on an aerial vehicle (UV). The sensor is an optical payload for an eletro-opticaUinfrared (EO/IR) dual band camera that combines visible and IR imaging capabilities in a compact and lightweight package. It adopts a Ritchey-Chretien telescope for the common front end optics with several relay optics that divide and deliver EO and IR bands to a charge-coupled-device (CCD) and an IR detector, respectively. The EO/IR camera for dual bands is mounted on a two-axis gimbal that provides stabilized imaging and precision pointing in both the along and cross-track directions. We first investigate the mechanical deformations, displacements and stress of the EO/IR camera through finite element analysis (FEA) for five cases: three gravitational effects and two thermal conditions. For investigating gravitational effects, one gravitational acceleration (1 g) is given along each of the +x, +y and +z directions. The two thermal. conditions are the overall temperature change to 30 degrees C from 20 degrees C and the temperature gradient across the primary mirror pupil from -5 degrees C to +5 degrees C. Optical performance, represented by the modulation transfer function (MTF), is then predicted by integrating the FEA results into optics design/analysis software. This analysis shows the IR channel can sustain imaging performance as good as designed, i.e., MTF 38% at 13 line-pairs-per-mm (lpm), with refocus capability. Similarly, the EO channel can keep the designed performance (MTF 73% at 27.3 lpm) except in the case of the overall temperature change, in which the EO channel experiences slight performance degradation (MTF 16% drop) for 20 degrees C overall temperate change.
Publisher
OPTICAL SOC KOREA
Issue Date
2011-06
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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JOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF KOREA, v.15, no.2, pp.174 - 181

ISSN
1226-4776
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/100112
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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