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Optical system material selection using performance indices in a simultaneous optimization approach
Author(s): Trent Newswander; Blake Crowther
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Paper Abstract

Optical systems are designed for a great variety of purposes and are influenced by significantly differing requirements. Due to these differences, material trade studies are part of almost all optical system designs. These trade studies must use objective comparative parameters in order to choose the best optical and structural materials for the optical system. Material figures of merit such as specific stiffness and thermal stability are traditional figures of merit used in materials trade studies. In this paper, we explore additional material figures of merit arising from both technical and programmatic concerns. We show how to use all of these figures of merit simultaneously in a systematic approach to optimum materials selection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7425, Optical Materials and Structures Technologies IV, 742502 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828164
Show Author Affiliations
Trent Newswander, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Blake Crowther, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7425:
Optical Materials and Structures Technologies IV
Joseph L. Robichaud; William A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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