We have developed a new IR optical system that consists of three mirrors and four lenses, and that operates in the temperature range 8°C-32°C. This temperature range can induce thermoelastic deformation in the lenses and their mounting subassembly, leading to a large defocus error associated with the displacement of the lenses inside the barrel. We suggest using a new three-shell-based athermalization structure composed of two materials with different coefficients of thermal expansion (Invar and aluminum). A finite element analysis and the experiment data were used to confirm that this new athermalization barrel had a defocus error sensitivity of 11:6nm=°C; this is an improvement on the widely used conventional single-shell titanium barrel model, which has a defocus error sensitivity of 29:8nm=°C. This paper provides the technical details of the new athermalization design, and its computational and experimental performance results.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering