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First-order thermo-optical and optomechanical wavefront error analysis
Author(s): Nelson W. Wallace; Mark A. Kahan
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Paper Abstract

Temperature changes in optical elements, alone and in combination with material inhomogenieties, will cause shape and refractive index changes that add wavefront errors (WFEs) to high performance optical systems. After a brief discussion relating system performance to system WFE, we show how WFEs combine to give system WFE estimates, and derive some simple algebraic formulas for use in estimating WFEs for selected thermo-optical effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3130, Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling, (25 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284052
Show Author Affiliations
Nelson W. Wallace, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
Mark A. Kahan, Optical Research Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3130:
Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling
R. Barry Johnson; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Richard C. Juergens; Richard C. Juergens; Paul R. Yoder; Warren J. Smith; Paul R. Yoder, Editor(s)

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