Robert C. Gibbons - Richardson TX
Samuel R. McKenney - Dallas TX
S. Charles Baber - Richardson TX
Richard R. Chang - McKinney TX
Michael C. Bell - Garland TX
Raytheon Company - Lexington MA
A method uses an infrared imaging system to produce an image of a scene. Actual infrared radiation from the scene is detected to form a biased signal representing the radiances of objects wiithin the scene, and the biased signal is diffracted by causing rays of the radiation to pass through an array of lenslets at angles devitated from their normal path. The array includes an infrared transmissive deformable film which retains a pattern stamped into it, the pattern including a plurality of the diffracting lenslets. The diffracted and defocused radiation is detected to form a reference signal, the reference signal is subtracted from the biased signal to obtain an unbiased signal, and an image is generated and displayed in reponse to the unbiased signal.