Compact IR Zoom Lens

APPLICATION:

Design and build an infrared lens with zoom capabilities for missile tracking.

CHALLENGE:

Resistant to very high shock and vibrations.

SOLUTION:

Experience:Successfully applied knowledge of optical lens design formerly in the visable region towards this first IR lens from COI.
Durability::Lens very ruggedized and capable of rapid mechanical cycling.
Design:Used optically compensated zoom design (rather than mechanically compensated zoom design) due to it's use in a high shock environment. This was one of the first uses of optical compensation in an IR or zoom application ever.
Software:Developed internal software used to design this lens. The software designer later went on to start the optical software company called Code V.
Production:Commercial product line resulted in sales in excess of US$10M over the lifetime of the contract.