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PhotoTechEDU Day 30: Imaging optics for the next decade

Google Tech TalksNovember, 7 2007Digital cameras in their many forms will continue to be one of theprimary drivers towards new technologies in optics as well asimprovements of classical technologies. This has been well illustratedin the past 5-10 years which has seen, for example, the development ofcompression molded glass aspheric lenses for improved performance andpackaging. The incorporation of injection molded plastic lenses andpossibly hybrid refractive/diffractive surfaces will grow.Furthermore, as the trend continues towards smaller pixels as well asmore pixels in a given sensor, the imaging optics will be furtherdriven towards higher image quality. Zoom lenses will increase intheir zoom range, yet there will be a continuing emphasis towardssmaller and smaller packaging. The optics and their associatedmechanics will need to be more robust with respect to stray light suchas flare, glare, ghost images, and other undesirable image anomalies.And our optics must be more robust with respect to environmentaleffects such as thermal soaks and gradients. And with all of theabove, customers will want lower cost too. It is going to be a funride over the next 5-10 years so fasten your seat belt and hold onreal tight to the safety bar!Speaker: Robert E. Fischer, CEO OPTICS 1, Inc. Westlake Village, CABob Fisher is CEO of Optics 1, a past president of the SPIE, and awinner of that society's highest award, the Gold Medal for outstandingengineering or scientific accomplishments in optics andelectro-optics. Mr. Fischer's technical interests are in optical system design andengineering, in particular lens design. He is also interested inoptical component and system manufacturing, assembly, and testing.His interests extend from the deep UV through the visible and on tothe thermal infrared. He is known for his tireless efforts to advanceoptical science, engineering and scholarship. He served as a bookeditor of the McGraw-Hill Series on Optical and Electro-OpticalEngineering, and as executive editor of OE Reports, bringing timelyand practical information to professionals in the field.
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