9 July 2008 Enola Gay: an integrated modelling optical toolbox applied to a wide-field telescope
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Abstract
The integrated modelling approach is fundamental in telescopes design where it is necessary to merge different disciplines together. This paper describes the integration of optical ray-tracing capabilities within the Matlab computational environment. This approach allows to write automatic procedures to implement a huge number of computations, that are very unpractical to perform in interactive mode by ray tracing software packages. Data produced by computations are stored and automatically analyzed. One of the main benefits from this approach comes from the traceability of the work, that is intrinsically impossible when the optical designer works in interactive mode. The right procedure is built and tuned just the first time and the computation software is available for inspection and check. Furthermore computations and results are easily reproducible simply re-running Matlab scripts. An automatic approach is especially helpful in wide-field telescope projects where the optical quality has to be studied over a wide field of view. This leads to repeat the same computations many times in a number of fields. In interactive mode this would cause a significant waste of optical designer time to repeat many times the same manual procedures. The solution proposed here allows to save time and prevent occasional mistakes.
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P. Schipani, F. Perrotta, "Enola Gay: an integrated modelling optical toolbox applied to a wide-field telescope", Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 70171K (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787428; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787428
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