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How Night Vision Works
 Front Lens;  Photocathode;  Microchannel Plate;  High Voltage Power Supply;  Phosphor Screen;  Eyepiece;  Image Intensifier
The objective lens (1) of a night vision device collects light that canít be seen with the naked eye and focuses it on the image intensifier (7). Inside the image intensifier a photocathode (2) absorbs this light energy and converts it to electrons. These electrons are then drawn toward a phosphor screen (5). In 2nd and 3rd generation intensifiers the electrons first pass through a microchannel plate (3) that further multiplies them thousands of times. When this highly intensified electron image strikes the phosphor screen (5), it causes the screen to emit visible light. Since the phosphor screen emits this light in exactly the same pattern and contrast as collected by the objective lens, the bright nighttime image seen through the eyepiece corresponds precisely to the observed scene.