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PhotoTechEDU Day 30: Imaging optics for the next decade

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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2007

Google Tech Talks
November, 7 2007

Digital cameras in their many forms will continue to be one of the
primary drivers towards new technologies in optics as well as
improvements of classical technologies. This has been well illustrated
in the past 5-10 years which has seen, for example, the development of
compression molded glass aspheric lenses for improved performance and
packaging. The incorporation of injection molded plastic lenses and
possibly hybrid refractive/diffractive surfaces will grow.
Furthermore, as the trend continues towards smaller pixels as well as
more pixels in a given sensor, the imaging optics will be further
driven towards higher image quality. Zoom lenses will increase in
their zoom range, yet there will be a continuing emphasis towards
smaller and smaller packaging. The optics and their associated
mechanics will need to be more robust with respect to stray light such
as flare, glare, ghost images, and other undesirable image anomalies.
And our optics must be more robust with respect to environmental
effects such as thermal soaks and gradients. And with all of the
above, customers will want lower cost too. It is going to be a fun
ride over the next 5-10 years so fasten your seat belt and hold on
real tight to the safety bar!

Speaker: Robert E. Fischer, CEO OPTICS 1, Inc. Westlake Village, CA
Bob Fisher is CEO of Optics 1, a past president of the SPIE, and a
winner of that society's highest award, the Gold Medal for outstanding
engineering or scientific accomplishments in optics andelectro-optics.
Mr. Fischer's technical interests are in optical system design and
engineering, in particular lens design. He is also interested in
optical component and system manufacturing, assembly, and testing.
His interests extend from the deep UV through the visible and on to
the thermal infrared. He is known for his tireless efforts to advance
optical science, engineering and scholarship. He served as a book
editor of the McGraw-Hill Series on Optical and Electro-Optical
Engineering, and as executive editor of OE Reports, bringing timely
and practical information to professionals in the field.

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