Integrated POD Optical Bench Design

  • US 20120243570A1
  • Filed: 06/01/2012
  • Published: 09/27/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method of eliminating bowing or bending of an optical bench used to mount a laser and a directed infrared countermeasure head side by side caused by differences in the thermal coefficient of expansion between the optical bench and an airframe to which it is attached, comprising the steps of:

  • providing the optical bench with a kinematic support in which one end of the optical bench is rigidly secured to the airframe and in which an opposite end of the optical bench is secured to the airframe using a stiff but flexible coupling, whereby movement between the airframe and the optical bench is taken up in the stiff but flexible coupling, thus to prevent bending of the optical bench during thermal stressing.

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