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24 October 2017 Thermal effects of optical antenna under the irradiation of laser
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Proceedings Volume 10463, AOPC 2017: Space Optics and Earth Imaging and Space Navigation; 104631F (2017)
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
The laser communication terminal is a precision optical, mechanical, electrical integration device which operations extremely high accuracy. It is hard to improve the space environment adaptability in the hash vibration, thermal cycling, high vacuum and radiation conditions space environment. Accordingly, the optical antenna will be influenced by space thermal environment. Laser energy will be absorbed when optical antenna under the irradiation of laser. It can contribute to thermal distortion and make the beam quality degradation which affects the performance of laser communications links. This influence will aggravate when the laser power rising.Wavefront aberration is the distance between the ideal reference sphere and the actual distorted wavefront. The smaller the wavefront aberration, the better the optical performance of the optical antenna. On the contrary, the greater the wavefront aberration, the worse the performance of the optical antenna or even affect the normal operation of the optical antenna. The performance index of the optical antenna generally requires the wavefront aberration to be better than λ/20. Due to the different thermal and thermal expansion coefficients of the material, the effect of thermal deformation on the optical antenna can be reduced by matching the appropriate material. While the appropriate support structure and proper heat dissipation design can also reduce the impact. In this paper, the wavefront aberration of the optical antenna is better than λ/50 by the material matching and the appropriate support structure and the secondary design of the diameter of 5mm hole thermal design.
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Yi Sun, Fu Li, Wenqiang Yang, and Jianfeng Yang "Thermal effects of optical antenna under the irradiation of laser", Proc. SPIE 10463, AOPC 2017: Space Optics and Earth Imaging and Space Navigation, 104631F (24 October 2017);

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