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Optical Ray Tracing In Finite Element Models
Author(s): Nicolas A Roy; William B Haile
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Paper Abstract

Finite element models are often used to predict the optical performance of a structure under a wide variety of conditions. A technique is described in this paper which couples the equations of optics to the finite element model. It assumes only that each optical lens or mirror is a rigid mass so that motion of the vertex defines motion of the element. Examples are drawn from the Space Telescope project.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 1984
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0450, Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems I, (5 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.939281
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Nicolas A Roy, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)
William B Haile, Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0450:
Structural Mechanics of Optical Systems I
Lester M. Cohen, Editor(s)

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