Use of Thermal Sieve to allow optical testing of cryogenic optical systems

Dae Wook Kim, Wenrui Cai, James H. Burge

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Full aperture testing of large cryogenic optical systems has been impractical due to the difficulty of operating a large collimator at cryogenic temperatures. The Thermal Sieve solves this problem by acting as a thermal barrier between an ambient temperature collimator and the cryogenic system under test. The Thermal Sieve uses a set of thermally controlled baffles with array of holes that are lined up to pass the light from the collimator without degrading the wavefront, while attenuating the thermal background by nearly 4 orders of magnitude. This paper provides the theory behind the Thermal Sieve system, evaluates the optimization for its optical and thermal performance, and presents the design and analysis for a specific system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12378-12392
Number of pages15
JournalOptics Express
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 21 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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