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Development of rotating prism mechanism and athermalized prism mounting for space
Author(s): Chip R. Beebe; Mark J. Brooks; Michael W. Davis; Robert A. Klar; John M. Roberts; Peter W. A. Roming; Randall J. Rose; Gregory S. Winters
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Paper Abstract

Space and launch environments demand robust, low mass, and thermally insensitive mechanisms and optical mount designs. The rotating prism mechanism (RPM), a component of the stabilized dispersive focal plane system (SDFPS), is a spectral disperser mechanism that enables the SDFPS to deliver spectroscopic or direct imaging functionality using only a single optical path. The RPM is a redundant, vacuum-compatible, self-indexing, motorized mechanism that provides robust, athermalized prism mounting for two sets of matching prisms. Each set is composed of a BK7 and a CaF2 prism, both 70 mm in diameter. With the prism sets separated by 1 mm, the RPM rotates the two sets relative to one another over a 180° range, and maintains their alignment over a wide temperature range (190-308K). The RPM design incorporates self-indexing and backlash prevention features as well as redundant motors, bearings, and drive trains. The RPM was functionally tested in a thermal vacuum chamber at 210K and <1.0x10-6 mbar, and employed in the top-level SDFPS system testing. This paper presents the mechanical design, analysis, alignment measurements, and test results from the prototype RPM development effort.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8836, Optomechanical Engineering 2013, 88360R (18 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024373
Show Author Affiliations
Chip R. Beebe, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Mark J. Brooks, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Michael W. Davis, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Robert A. Klar, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
John M. Roberts, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Peter W. A. Roming, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Randall J. Rose, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Gregory S. Winters, Southwest Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8836:
Optomechanical Engineering 2013
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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