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Unstable optics
Author(s): Stephen F. Jacobs
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Paper Abstract

Especially for space applications, the problems of seeing are being superceded by the problems of dimensional changes in remotely located optical systems. Conditions of operation, in addition to launch considerations of acceleration and weight, often include . vacuum environment . thermal cycling over wide temperature ranges . irradiation . passage of considerable time without replacement . fixed focus. In choosing materials, the usual figures of merit, shown in Table I, are a good starting point, but ignoring other considerations can lead to disaster. We discuss below a number of these considerations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 25 pages
Proc. SPIE 1335, Dimensional Stability, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22860
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Stephen F. Jacobs, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1335:
Dimensional Stability
Roger A. Paquin, Editor(s)

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