Optics facilities
13 Jul 2010
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Over the last 30 years the Optical Systems Group have designed instruments that cover the range of wavelengths from extreme UV through to very long wave THz systems.

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Camera wavefront testing in our optics facilities

​​Wavefront testing of a large camera

 

This optical system design experience is backed up by extensive knowledge of the industry standard software design tools of CodeV and Zemax.

Stray light analysis is a vitally important area of optical system design that is often overlooked. These problem areas in optical systems which have been analysed include: ghost reflections, particulate scatter, surface roughness, baffle design, thermal self emission and long wave diffraction effects. Although we use ASAP & APART extensively we also have developed our own in-house software tools which includes an accurate beam envelope generator which is available as a bolt-on for CodeV, Zemax and CAD packages.

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We have a wide range of facilities and tools available for all aspects of optical instrument assembly and testing:

  • Interferometers - WYKO6000 and a 4D-Phasecam
  • Autocollimators and alignment telescopes
  • Optikos MTF testing (300m diameter beam)​
  • Access to SSTD's clean rooms and environmental testing facilities

 For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries




FMOS: Beam envelopes exported to CAD


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