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State-of-the-art silicon carbide optical telescope assembly for the JMAPS mission
Author(s): Dan Catropa; Farsh Azad
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Paper Abstract

L-3 Communications IOS-SSG (L-3 SSG) has recently completed development of an ultra low wavefront error and highly stable Silicon Carbide (SiC) optical payload for the Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey (JMAPS) mission. Selection of SiC as the opto-mechanical material was driven by the JMAPS requirements for extremely low residual optical aberrations and distortion, and state-of-the-art temporal and thermal stability. JMAPS utilizes a passively athermalized design, combining SiC optics with aggressively lightweighted SiC metering structures. The resulting hardware has been optically tested over temperature, demonstrating an exceptionally low and stable system level wavefront error. This exceptional performance, combined with the aggressively lightweighted sinterbonded SiC structures developed result in an instrument which represents the state-of-the-art from the perspective of optical performance and structural efficiency. We will provide an overview of the system, with emphasis on the SiC opto-mechanics, and system level test results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2013
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 8837, Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems, 88370G (30 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023118
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Dan Catropa, L-3 Communications IOS-SSG (United States)
Farsh Azad, L-3 Communications IOS-SSG (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8837:
Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems
Joseph L. Robichaud; Matthias Krödel; William A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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