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The extreme ultraviolet imager of solar orbiter: optical design and alignment scheme
Author(s): J.-P. Halain; A. Mazzoli; S. Meining; P. Rochus; E. Renotte; F. Auchère; U. Schühle; F. Delmotte; C. Dumesnil; A. Philippon; R. Mercier; A. Hermans
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Paper Abstract

The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) is one of the remote sensing instruments on-board the Solar Orbiter mission. It will provide dual-band full-Sun images of the solar corona in the extreme ultraviolet (17.1 nm and 30.4 nm), and high resolution images of the solar disk in both extreme ultraviolet (17.1 nm) and vacuum ultraviolet (Lyman-alpha 121.6 nm). The EUI optical design takes heritage of previous similar instruments. The Full Sun Imager (FSI) channel is a single mirror Herschel design telescope. The two High Resolution Imager (HRI) channels are based on a two-mirror optical refractive scheme, one Ritchey-Chretien and one Gregory optical design for the EUV and the Lyman-alpha channels, respectively. The spectral performances of the EUI channels are obtained thanks to dedicated mirror multilayer coatings and specific band-pass filters. The FSI channel uses a dual-band mirror coating combined with aluminum and zirconium band-pass filters. The HRI channels use optimized band-pass selection mirror coatings combined with aluminum band-pass filters and narrow band interference filters for Lyman-alpha. The optical performances result from accurate mirror manufacturing tolerances and from a two-step alignment procedure. The primary mirrors are first co-aligned. The HRI secondary mirrors and focal planes positions are then adjusted to have an optimum interferometric cavity in each of these two channels. For that purpose a dedicated alignment test setup has been prepared, composed of a dummy focal plane assembly representing the detector position. Before the alignment on the flight optical bench, the overall alignment method has been validated on the Structural and Thermal Model, on a dummy bench using flight spare optics, then on the Qualification Model to be used for the system verification test and qualifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9604, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation VI, 96040H (21 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185631
Show Author Affiliations
J.-P. Halain, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
A. Mazzoli, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
S. Meining, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
P. Rochus, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
E. Renotte, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
F. Auchère, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
U. Schühle, Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung (Germany)
F. Delmotte, Institut d'Optique (France)
C. Dumesnil, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
A. Philippon, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
R. Mercier, Institut d'Optique (France)
A. Hermans, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9604:
Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation VI
Silvano Fineschi; Judy Fennelly, Editor(s)

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