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ARTICLE OF THE HOUR Infrared System Design
Understanding the Process
While equations and data pertaining to infrared system design abound,1 comparatively little has been written about the process.2 This article attempts to fill that void. Infrared system design is not, like some circuit design, a synthetic process. One cannot start by stating the problem and proceeding in an orderly fashion to a final solution. Rather, we guess a solution and explore its applicability and capability. It is an iterative process, which goes faster if the first guess is a good...