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Optical Engineering

White Cell Design Considerations
Author(s): Paul Hannan
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Paper Abstract

The White cell is a unit-magnification image relay system consisting of three noncoaxial spherical mirrors of equal curvature. The cell is used to provide a long optical path in a relatively small physical space. Multiple reflections are used, in a manner similar to an unstable laser resonator. A particular application is an optical delay line on the input of a streak camera to allow for the finite triggering time of the sweep start. This paper addresses the first- and third-order properties of the White cell. A displacement sensitivity analysis is included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 28(11) doi: 10.1117/12.7977117
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 28, Issue 11
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Paul Hannan, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)


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