Scientific Applications for Infrared Zoom
The same science of zoom lens technology also applies to the world of science. As the cost of the baseline technology is decreasing, scientists are finding increasing uses for infrared zoom in such diverse areas as radiometry, geology, and biology.
For example, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) flying on the Terra Satellite created the image shown at right.
The image is made from Bands 13 (10.6 µm), 12 (9.1 µm) and 10 (8.3 µm) as RGB. Silica-rich rocks are red, carbonates green, and silica-low (mafic) rocks are purple .
This demonstrates that the ability to distinguish and identify various rock types via spectral analysis is a reality.
Since different materials have different emissivity an intensive exploration has begun on the thermal properties of many different materials from rubber to plastic. Knowing the heat properties of various materials ultimately leads to better thermal choices for manufacture.
In addition in biology, different areas of the body have different thermal signatures which can be used to advantage in surgical applications or placing needles inside veins.
Infrared spectrum tells us many things about the world around us or even extraterrestrial worlds. This is why infrared is included on nearly every space telescope or scientific payload launched.
 Nicholas M. Short, Sr. Geological Applications, http://rst.gsfc.nasa.gov/Sect2/Sect2_5.html#2-10
Buying from IRZoom.com
As any buyer will tell you, often the lens selection process is bogged down in details and complexity. At IRZoom.com, it’s our goal to simplify the process.
With stock or custom choices, we can either provide a lens, a lens already integrated to a sensor, or a variety of options, given the application requirements. We generally work directly with camera suppliers to ensure a match, then have you purchase the lens from us and the camera from the supplier. If you have any questions about whether one of our lenses can be integrated with a particular camera, or need us to provide the integration, just ask.
Stock Lenses & Camera Systems
We recommend you begin the process by visiting the Products section of our website, where you can scroll through our stock selection or narrow your search by function using our guided search engine. We are also happy to work with you directly. We’ll simply need to gather some details on your application or need. Although a detailed specification is preferred, a simple phone call or one paragraph description will do to get things moving along.
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Custom Lenses & Camera Systems
If you feel that you may need custom lenses or camera systems, we’re also happy to help.
IRZoom.com has specialized in the optical generation of lenses from a range of special materials. Modern lens design and manufacture also allows for less expensive Aspheres, or lenses of non-radial shape, that can reduce the number of lens elements in a given system. As a division of Computer Optics Inc., IRZoom.com is one of the few US based small businesses that has the ability to design AND manufacture zoom lenses all within the same building.
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