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Numerical methods to compute optical errors due to thermo-elastic effects
Author(s): Yi Yang; Shijin Chen; Wei Zhang
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Paper Abstract

A method to compute optical errors subject to temperature variations in the optical components is presented. In general, temperatures, displacements and stresses at arbitrary located FE nodes can not be input directly into optical software. This paper discusses integrated techniques coupling finite element analysis and optical design software. The theory of the method is Zernike polynomials are useful to describe optical surface deformations and wave-front error due to thermal variations and mechanical stress. Thus Zernike polynomials act as the data transmission tool between optical and finite element analysis programs. The coefficient of Zernike polynomials as computed by which we designed codes may be output as CODE V files to evaluate the mechanical effects on the optical performance. An example is demonstrated for thermo-elastic affects the optical performance of a primary mirror of Cassegrain telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5638, Optical Design and Testing II, (10 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.574225
Show Author Affiliations
Yi Yang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Shijin Chen, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)
Wei Zhang, Harbin Institute of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5638:
Optical Design and Testing II
Yongtian Wang; Zhicheng Weng; Shenghua Ye; Jose M. Sasian, Editor(s)

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