Photonics Rules of Thumb: Optics, Electro-Optics, Fiber by John Miller, Ed Friedman

By John Miller, Ed Friedman

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Moreover, many sensors are specifically designed to detect heavenly bodies, so astronomical relationships define the targets for many sensors. Over the past few hundred years, astronomy has driven photonics and optics. Likewise, photonics and optics have enabled modern astronomy. The disciplines have been as interwoven as DNA strands. Frequently, key discoveries in astronomy are impossible until photonic technology develops to a level that permits them. Conversely, photonic development often has been funded and refined by the astronomical sciences as well as the military.

The jansky unit deserves some attention. This term has its genesis in radio astronomy but is finding wide use in infrared astronomy. A jansky is defined as 10–26 watts per square meter of receiving area per hertz of frequency band (W/m2/Hz) and is named for the pioneer radio astronomer Karl Jansky. The following discussion shows how the conversion from typical radiant intensity to janskys is performed. We start by noting that there is an equivalence between the energy E expressed in either frequency or wavelength as follows: E λ dλ = E v dv dv E λ = E v -----dλ We also note that v = c/λ so that dv/dλ= –c/λ2.

When the energy is added, as is the case for most sensors, a distinct “saddle” results with a dip between the two peaks (Fig. 6). The energy distribution of a diffraction-limited Airy disk follows a Bessel function (see associated rule about the Airy Disk in Chap. 13, “Optics”), the general function being 2 4J 1 ( x ) ----------------2 x The addition of the intensity peaks from intersecting Airy disks results in a simple saddle with one minimum. 811 of the peak intensity. For circular apertures (which are more common) it turns out that the saddle is somewhat less.

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