Proceedings PaperSome Design Considerations For A Synthetic Aperture Optical Telescope Array
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In the course of the design of a laboratory proof-of-concept demonstration of a synthetic aperture optical telescope array for a multi-wavelength laser transmitter, a number of design considerations have become apparent which will be important in full-scale systems and other synthetic aperture experiments. These considerations, discussed here, include polarization effects, beam rotation, packaging, lateral beam translation due to OPD adjustment, matching of transmissive components, and mechanical and thermal stability. An approach is given for dealing with each potential problem discussed.