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Infrared System Design: Understanding the Process

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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.

William L. Wolfe, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center

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 one. The quality of that first guess is a function of insight and experience, and insight comes largely from experience. Figure 1. A five-step iteration process is the logical way to design an infrared system. The design process that I have found to be most efficient...Read full article

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