Lasers, Military applications, Optoelectronic devices
This report describes the development of a computer model for the design of a laser seeker optical system. A laser seeker is a device that detects pulsed laser energy. The computer model is configured to design the seeker optics based on the following performance criteria: Sensitivity to laser energy, which can be related to target acquisition range; optical field of view; and seeker optics cross section area. The design is defined by four variables and a set of fixed parameters, and is configured using computer optimization with both a direct search and a random search being used. A superior design is selected from comparison of many sets of variables based on the value of an objective function made up of some of all of the performance criteria listed above and additional penalty factors applied for design constraint violations. The computer model contains design blocks for the detector, the preamplifier, and the optical elements of the seeker. There is also a computer ray trace routine to evaluate optical performance. The model was run with roar different objective functions, and the resulting seeker designs were analyzed. A detail listing of the computer program is contained in Appendix B.
Doering, Robert D.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
ix, 206 pages
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Lasers -- Military applications, Optoelectronic devices
Allemeier, David William, "Application of Optimization Techniques to the Optical Design of a Laser Seeker" (1979). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 393.