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Ultra-lightweight optics for laser communications
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Paper Abstract

Recent applications of the very light Al/SiC metal-matrix composite SXA in the construction of telescopes for use as receiver antennas in optical intersatellite communication systems are reviewed and illustrated with drawings and diagrams. Data on the mechanical properties (specific stiffness, fundamental frequency, dynamic response, and fracture toughness) and the thermal expansion, distortion, and diffusivity of SXA are compared with those for Al 6016-T6, Be I-70A, SiC, and Zerodur in tables, and the advantages of SXA structural foams of density 250-500 kg/cu m are indicated. The criteria evaluated for optimization of the mirror shape and the overall telescope design are discussed, and four prototype Cassegrain telescopes (with Meinel or Dall truss structures) are described in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1218, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18186
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Daniel Vukobratovich, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1218:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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