1 July 2010 Large aperture telescope for advanced lidar system
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The final optical design for a space-borne light detection and ranging (lidar) mission is presented, in response to the European Space Agency "Advanced lidar concepts" proposal for use of a differential absorption lidar system to measure water vapor distribution in atmosphere at 935.5 nm. The telescope adopts a double afocal concept (i.e., four reflections with two mirrors) using a lightweight and large aperture primary mirror. It is derived from a feasibility study that compares several different optical configurations, taking into account parameters such as cost, dimensions, complexity, and technological feasibility. The final telescope optical design is described in detail, highlighting a trade-off with other solutions and its optical tolerances.
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Francesca Simonetti, Francesca Simonetti, Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi, Lisa Gambicorti, Lisa Gambicorti, Vojko Bratina, Vojko Bratina, Piero Mazzinghi, Piero Mazzinghi, } "Large aperture telescope for advanced lidar system," Optical Engineering 49(7), 073001 (1 July 2010). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3461976 . Submission:

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