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Design Of A 1-m Unobscured Infrared Collimator And Laser Tracker Test System
Author(s): S. R. Lange
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Paper Abstract

The large collimator is designed to test laser tracking systems with apertures as large as 1 m. To reduce the l-m aperture of the large collimator to a reasonable working size, two confocal parabolas (Mersenne) reimage the pupil to 0.1 m with a 1.4-m off-axis parabola decentered 1 m. Near the reimaged pupil two cylindrical mirrors are used to introduce near-field defocus and astigmatism while a two-axis tilt mirror simulates target motion and atmospheric tilts. A second Mersenne reduces the beam size further with the intermediate focus used for far-field atmospheric turbulence and thermal blooming simulation. A bandpass beamsplitter allows the incoming laser beam to proceed to a laser analyzer section, for directional and spot size information, while allowing the infrared radiation from the target to pass to the tracker. A large focal ratio allows for zooming the target by a "trombone" set of movable mirrors and fixed target. Rotation is provided by a K-mirror image rotator. The optics are chilled in a cold box and situated on an optical bench in a van for transportation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 November 1979
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0193, Optical Systems in Engineering I, (29 November 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957894
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S. R. Lange, University of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0193:
Optical Systems in Engineering I
Paul R. Yoder, Editor(s)

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