Design, fabrication, and alignment of the supercam telescope relay optics

M. Borden, D. Golish, Drouet C. D'Aubigny, C. Groppi, J. Kloosterman, T. Cottam, X. Xu, D. Lesser, S. Silva, C. Kulesa, C. Walker, B. Cuerden

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Abstract

SuperCam is a 64 pixel, λ=870 μm, superheterodyne camera designed to work with the 10m diameter Heinrich Hertz Telescope on Mount Graham, Arizona. Large imaging arrays were not anticipated when the telescope was originally designed. As a result, complex relay optics are required to adequately re-image the telescope focus on the detector array. After a brief review of SuperCam's optical and environmental requirements, we present the approach selected, along with novel modeling methods used to validate the design. The optical tolerances which drove the opto-mechanical design are presented. New metrology and optical alignment methods developed for SuperCam, but equally applicable to other THz optical systems, are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages65-68
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event22nd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2011, ISSTT 2011 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Apr 25 2011Apr 28 2011

Other

Other22nd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2011, ISSTT 2011
CountryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ
Period4/25/114/28/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiation

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    Borden, M., Golish, D., D'Aubigny, D. C., Groppi, C., Kloosterman, J., Cottam, T., Xu, X., Lesser, D., Silva, S., Kulesa, C., Walker, C., & Cuerden, B. (2011). Design, fabrication, and alignment of the supercam telescope relay optics. 65-68. Paper presented at 22nd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2011, ISSTT 2011, Tucson, AZ, United States.