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Estimation of Lens Stray Light with Regard to the Incapacitation of Imaging Sensors

: Ritt, Gunnar; Schwarz, Bastian; Eberle, Bernd

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Sensors. Online journal 20 (2020), No.21, Art. 6308, 42 pp.
ISSN: 1424-8220
ISSN: 1424-8239
ISSN: 1424-3210
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IOSB ()
stray light; scatter parameters

We present our e orts on estimating light scattering characteristics from commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) camera lenses in order to deduce thereof a set of generic scattering parameters valid for a specific lens class (double Gauss lenses). In previous investigations, we developed a simplified theoretical light scattering model to estimate the irradiance distribution in the focal plane of a camera lens. This theoretical model is based on a 3-parameter bidirectional function (BSDF), which describes light scattering from rough surfaces of the optical elements. Ordinarily, the three scatter parameters of the BSDF are not known for COTS camera lenses, which makes it necessary to assess them by own experiments. Besides the experimental setup and the measurement process, we present in detail the subsequent data exploitation. From measurements on seven COTS camera lenses, we deduced a generic set of scatter parameters. For a deeper analysis, the results of our measurements have also been compared with the output of an optical engineering software. Together with our theoretical model, now stray light calculations can be accomplished even then, when specific scatter parameters are not available from elsewhere. In addition, the light scattering analyses also allow considering the glare vulnerability of optical systems in terms of laser safety.