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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 7065–7081

Opto-thermal analysis of a lightweighted mirror for solar telescope

Ravinder K. Banyal, B. Ravindra, and S. Chatterjee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 7065-7081 (2013)

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In this paper, an opto-thermal analysis of a moderately heated lightweighted solar telescope mirror is carried out using 3D finite element analysis (FEA). A physically realistic heat transfer model is developed to account for the radiative heating and energy exchange of the mirror with surroundings. The numerical simulations show the non-uniform temperature distribution and associated thermo-elastic distortions of the mirror blank clearly mimicking the underlying discrete geometry of the lightweighted substrate. The computed mechanical deformation data is analyzed with surface polynomials and the optical quality of the mirror is evaluated with the help of a ray-tracing software. The thermal print-through distortions are further shown to contribute to optical figure changes and mid-spatial frequency errors of the mirror surface. A comparative study presented for three commonly used substrate materials, namely, Zerodur, Pyrex and Silicon Carbide (SiC) is relevant to vast area of large optics requirements in ground and space applications.

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OCIS Codes
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(120.6810) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Thermal effects
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.4040) Optical devices : Mirrors
(080.1005) Geometric optics : Aberration expansions

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2013
Published: March 13, 2013

Ravinder K. Banyal, B. Ravindra, and S. Chatterjee, "Opto-thermal analysis of a lightweighted mirror for solar telescope," Opt. Express 21, 7065-7081 (2013)

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