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ATLID receiving spatial and spectral filtering units: design and associated performances
Author(s): Maxime Vaché; Diego de Saint Seine; Pierrick Leblay; Arnaud Hélière; João Pereira Do Carmo; Philippe Berlioz; Julien Archer
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Paper Abstract

ATLID (ATmospheric LIDar) is one of the four key instruments of EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols and Radiations Explorer) satellite. It is a program of and funded by the European Space Agency and under prime contractorship of Airbus Defence and Space. ATLID is dedicated to the understanding of aerosols and clouds contribution to earth climate. It is an atmospheric LIDAR that measures the emitted 354.8nm ultraviolet laser which is backscattered by the atmosphere. The molecules and the particles have different optical signatures and can consequently be distinguished thanks to polarization analyses and spectral filtering of the backscattered signal. The following optical units of ATLID receiver chain directly contribute to this function : after ATLID afocal telescope, the CAS-OA, the Optical Assembly of the Co Alignment Sensor, samples and images the beam on the CAS sensor in order to optimize the alignment of transmitting and receiving telescopes. The beam goes through the BF sub-assemblies, the Blocking Filter which has two filtering functions: (1) spatial with the ERO-BF, which is a Kepler afocal spatial filtering module that defines the instrument field of view and blocks the background and straylight out of the useful field of view; (2) spectral with the ERO-EFO, the Entrance Filtering Optic, which is mainly composed of a very narrow bandpass filter with a high rejection factor. This filter rejects the background from the useful signal and contributes to increase the signal-to-noise ratio. The EFO also allows an on-ground adjustment of the orientation of the linear polarization of the input beam. After filtering and polarization adjustment, the beam is injected in several optical fibers and transported to the instrument detectors. This last transport function is done by the FCA, the Fiber Coupler Assembly. This paper presents the flight models of the previously described units, details the opto-mechanical design, and reviews the main achieved performances with a focus on following main specific characteristics: (1) the spectral filtering capabilities of the EFO: Full Width at Half Maximum (FWHM) <0.70 nm, peak transmission >0.90, mean rejection <10-5 over [320–420] nm; (2) the line of sight stability of the BF: <40 μrad in a very compact design; (3) the high transmission (>0.90) and line of sight stability (<40μrad) of the FCA; (4) the UV laser induced contamination control plan, with end of life contamination level requirements <1mg/m² for molecular and 50 ppm for particulate contamination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9626, Optical Systems Design 2015: Optical Design and Engineering VI, 962627 (23 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2191300
Show Author Affiliations
Maxime Vaché, Bertin Technologies (France)
Diego de Saint Seine, Bertin Technologies (France)
Pierrick Leblay, Bertin Technologies (France)
Arnaud Hélière, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
João Pereira Do Carmo, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Philippe Berlioz, Airbus Defence and Space SAS (France)
Julien Archer, Airbus Defence and Space SAS (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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