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Beryllium optics and beryllium-aluminum structures for reconnaissance applications
Author(s): Michael J. Russo; Stephen LoBiondo; Bryan Coon; Michel Engelhardt; William Pinzon
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Paper Abstract

BAE Systems has developed and fielded the F-9120, a compact, lightweight, dual-band Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) long range sensor for high altitude tactical reconnaissance applications. The sensor's weight and size allow it to be carried internally or in a pod on a variety of military aircraft. The challenge of maintaining optical performance over severe vibration and thermal environments has been met using beryllium optics coupled to a beryllium-aluminum structure. Material choices were vital to maintaining both the optical performance of the system over the environments as well as jitter control of the two-axis, inertially-stabilized gimbal. The beryllium and beryllium-aluminum combination has demonstrated unprecedented vibration performance in both laboratory and field environments. In addition, the close coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) match between the optics and structure has enabled the sensor to meet its stringent imaging requirements over a wide temperature range as predicted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2007
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6666, Optical Materials and Structures Technologies III, 66660T (17 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732225
Show Author Affiliations
Michael J. Russo, BAE Systems (United States)
Stephen LoBiondo, BAE Systems (United States)
Bryan Coon, BAE Systems (United States)
Michel Engelhardt, BAE Systems (United States)
William Pinzon, BAE Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6666:
Optical Materials and Structures Technologies III
William A. Goodman; Joseph L. Robichaud, Editor(s)

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