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Optimizing optical systems with active components
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Paper Abstract

The increasing requirement on the performance of optical instruments leads to more complex optical systems including active optical components. The role of these components is to correct for environmental influences on the instrument and reduce manufacturing and alignment residuals. We describe a method that can be used to design and operate instruments with active components that are not necessarily located in the pupil. After the optical system is designed, the next step is to analyse the available degrees of freedom (DOF), select the best set and include them in the active component. By performing singular value decomposition (SVD) and regularization of the sensitivity matrix, the most efficient DOF for the active component can be calculated. In operation of the instrument, the wavefront at the pupil plane is reconstructed from phase diversity (PD); a metrology having minimal impact on instrument design. Information from SVD, forward and reverse optimization are used to model the process, explore the parameter space and acquire knowledge on convergence. The results are presented for a specific problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8450, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 84505F (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925326
Show Author Affiliations
Tibor Agócs, ASTRON (Netherlands)
Lars Venema, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
Visa Korkiakoski, Leiden Observatory (Netherlands)
Gabby Kroes, ASTRON (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8450:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; Colin R. Cunningham; Eric Prieto, Editor(s)

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