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Title: Full-frame, programmable hyperspectral imager

A programmable, many-band spectral imager based on addressable spatial light modulators (ASLMs), such as micro-mirror-, micro-shutter- or liquid-crystal arrays, is described. Capable of collecting at once, without scanning, a complete two-dimensional spatial image with ASLM spectral processing applied simultaneously to the entire image, the invention employs optical assemblies wherein light from all image points is forced to impinge at the same angle onto the dispersing element, eliminating interplay between spatial position and wavelength. This is achieved, as examples, using telecentric optics to image light at the required constant angle, or with micro-optical array structures, such as micro-lens- or capillary arrays, that aim the light on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Light of a given wavelength then emerges from the disperser at the same angle for all image points, is collected at a unique location for simultaneous manipulation by the ASLM, then recombined with other wavelengths to form a final spectrally-processed image.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1372642
Assignee:
LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC LANL
Patent Number(s):
9,716,846
Application Number:
14/348,001
Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Sep 28
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Works referenced in this record:

Single-Shot Spectral Imager
patent-application, December 2010

Tunable Electro-Optic Filter Stack
patent-application, December 2014