1 January 2000 High-performance Fabry-Perot etalon mount for spaceflight
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Abstract
The construction and optical performance of Fabry-Perot eta- lons for spaceflight are considered. Optical mounts with sufficient mechanical firmness to handle intense vibration loads cause significant distortion of etalon plates, degrading the etalon resolving power and peak transmittance. A mount is described that combines mechanical robustness with very low plate distortion. An etalon mounted in this manner survived spaceflight-level vibration testing, in two axes, without damage or degradation. The defect finesse of this etalon, measured after the vibration tests, was 46, at a wavelength of 532 nm, about three times the values achieved with previous Fabry-Perot etalons for spaceflight.
Jack A. McKay, David J. Rees, "High-performance Fabry-Perot etalon mount for spaceflight," Optical Engineering 39(1), (1 January 2000). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.602361
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