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Optical Design in the Infrared: The World has Changed - New Materials, Methods, and Solutions to Address New Challenges

Chalcogenide glasses are typically used in SWIR, MWIR and LWIR applications. The speaker will explain how they offer some unique advantages compared to other IR materials, specifically with regards to transmission at elevated temperatures, dn/dt as well as ability to pair with other materials in achromats. In addition, the speaker will describe how chalcogenide glasses offer flexibility in machining finished optics with possibilities for traditional polishing, diamond-turning and molding.

Sponsored by SCHOTT North America

Speaker:
Kevin P. Thompson, PhD, Group Director, Research and Development/Optics, Synopsys, Inc.

Who Should Attend
  • Optical Designers
  • Infrared Systems Designers/Manufacturers
  • Thermal Imaging Technology Companies
Seminar Objectives
  • Explain how chalcogenide glasses offer some unique solutions in infrared systems
  • Understand general properties of chalcogenides and how they are made
  • Identify advantages of chalcogenides over wide temperature ranges
  • Describe how chalcogenides offer flexibility in machining options (traditional polishing, diamond-turning and molding)
Seminar Information
Date Presented:
December 07, 2011 10:15 AM Eastern
Length:
1 hour
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Optical Design in the Infrared: The World has Changed - New Materials, Methods, and Solutions to Address New Challenges

Kevin P. Thompson, PhD, Group Director, Research and Development/Optics, Synopsys, Inc.

Kevin Thompson received his PhD from the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, focusing on aberration fields of nonsymmetric optical systems. Prior to his current position, he advanced to Vice President of Optical Engineering at Optical Research Associates (ORA). During his tenure at ORA, he managed more than 2,000 projects involving optical design from EUV to mm wavelength and 1.2 to 19,000 mm aperture for a semi-infinite range of applications. In addition, he designed the MOS FLIR (deployed, 1988) and designed 0.3-12.8µm modest aperture imaging catadioptric telescope. Prior to ORA, Dr. Thompson was an optical designer at Perkin-Elmer where he developed 0.3-12.8µm large aperture imaging spectrometer.
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