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Optical Engineering

Large aperture telescope for advanced lidar system
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Paper Abstract

The final optical design for a space-borne light detection and ranging (lidar) mission is presented, in response to the European Space Agency "Advanced lidar concepts" proposal for use of a differential absorption lidar system to measure water vapor distribution in atmosphere at 935.5 nm. The telescope adopts a double afocal concept (i.e., four reflections with two mirrors) using a lightweight and large aperture primary mirror. It is derived from a feasibility study that compares several different optical configurations, taking into account parameters such as cost, dimensions, complexity, and technological feasibility. The final telescope optical design is described in detail, highlighting a trade-off with other solutions and its optical tolerances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 49(7) 073001 doi: 10.1117/1.3461976
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 49, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Francesca Simonetti, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Lisa Gambicorti, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Vojko Bratina, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Piero Mazzinghi, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)

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