Abstract

We have developed a new IR optical system that consists of three mirrors and four lenses, and that operates in the temperature range 8°C32°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.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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