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Very high stability systems: LMJ target alignment system and MTG imager test setup
Author(s): Eric Compain; Philippe Maquet; Thierry Kunc; Julien Marque; Maxime Lauer-Solelhac; Laurent Delage; Catherine Lanternier
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Paper Abstract

Most of space instruments and research facilities require test equipment with demanding opto-mechanical stability. In some specific cases, when the stability performance directly drives the final performance of the scientific mission and when feasibility is questionable, specific methods must be implemented for the associated technical risk management. In present paper, we will present our heritage in terms of methodology, design, test and the associated results for two specific systems : the SOPAC-POS and the MOTA, generating new references for future developments. From a performance point of view, we will emphasis on following key parameters : design symmetry, thermal load management, and material and structural choices. From a method point of view the difficulties arise first during design, from the strong coupling between the thermal, mechanical and optical performance models, and then during testing, from the difficulty of conceiving test setup having appropriate performance level. We will present how these limitations have been overcome. SOPAC-POS is the target alignment system of the LMJ, Laser Mega Joule, the French inertial confinement fusion research center. Its stability has been demonstrated by tests in 2014 after 10 years of research and development activities, achieving 1μm stability @ 6m during one hour periods. MOTA is an Optical Ground Support Equipment aiming at qualifying by tests the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI). FCI is an instrument for the meteorological satellite MTG-I, a program of and funded by the European Space Agency and under prime contractorship of Thales Alenia Space. Optimized design will allow to get better than 0.2 μrad stability for one hour periods, as required for MTF measurement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9626, Optical Systems Design 2015: Optical Design and Engineering VI, 962623 (23 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2191237
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Compain, Bertin Technologies (France)
Philippe Maquet, Bertin Technologies (France)
Thierry Kunc, Bertin Technologies (France)
Julien Marque, Bertin Technologies (France)
Maxime Lauer-Solelhac, Bertin Technologies (France)
Laurent Delage, Bertin Technologies (France)
Catherine Lanternier, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9626:
Optical Systems Design 2015: Optical Design and Engineering VI
Laurent Mazuray; Rolf Wartmann; Andrew P. Wood, Editor(s)

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