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Design, construction and testing of lateral transfer retroreflectors for space-based applications
Author(s): Bryan Martin; Ray Boucarut; Richard Gore; Jonathan Penn
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Paper Abstract

The function of a Lateral Transfer Retroreflector is to accurately shift a beam of light laterally, while changing its direction 180 degrees. It uses three optically-flat, reflective surfaces located in mutually perpendicular planes to return an output beam parallel, but laterally separated from the input beam. The device maintains parallelism of the two beams regardless of its own orientation. From mid-2011 to late 2015, two types of LTR were designed, developed, produced and tested at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland. Information about the development process, along with performance results is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2016
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 9948, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIX, 99480I (30 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242471
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Bryan Martin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ray Boucarut, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard Gore, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan Penn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9948:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIX
Arthur J. Davis; Cornelius F. Hahlweg; Joseph R. Mulley, Editor(s)

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