Meet the Team: Jamie Ramsey, Optical Designer, Shares the Latest in Research and Development

Posted by The RPO Team on Jun 4, 2018 10:37:00 AM

J. Ramsey.jpgYou can find Jamie at her desk working on research and development projects for RPO. When she’s not in the office, Jamie enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking and rock climbing.

You recently presented on the topic of multi-spectral IR optical system design at the SPIE DCS show in Orlando, Florida. What are the biggest takeaways from your presentation?

We presented an important advancement in system design regarding the achromitization of multi-spectral systems for mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) from 3.5 µm to 11.5 µm. We’ve taken two separate systems and combined them into one, resulting in a decrease in the number of optical lenses required. In turn, this reduces both the weight and potentially the cost of the system. This approach to IR optical system design is particularly promising for thermal/night vision applications in the defense category.

What are you currently working on?

I’m performing stray light analysis across different applications. "Stray light" is unwanted light in an optical system and it can result in a poor quality image. Through stray light analysis, we can identify any sources or surfaces that emit, transmit or reflect unwanted illumination. Once we know the origin of the problem, we can adjust the optical design to eliminate or block the stray light.

What is the most promising commercial market for optical systems?

I’d say LWIR for the automotive market. This technology helps drivers see objects in the road at night, giving them a greater opportunity to avoid a collision. It makes driving so much safer.

How do you keep up on the latest developments in IR?

I do a lot of reading of the latest papers in the industry. Right now I am reading a lot of articles from journals and trade magazines to keep up to date on developments in IR multi-spectral imaging technology. Of course I am always learning from my colleagues, as well. RPO has a very collaborative environment. If you have an idea, there are plenty of people here who will work with you to brainstorm and explore that idea. 

What do you do outside of work?

I volunteer as a reviewer for the Regeneron Science Talent Search, an organization that runs the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of this group have gone on to make major contributions to the scientific community. I really enjoy being able to help the next generation of scientists. 

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Topics: Infrared, Precision Optics, Meet the Team