Estimation of the Temperature Fluctuations Harshness Regarding Stability of Structures in the Nanometer Range

Nicolas Jobert, Filipe Alves, Stefan Kubsky, Schaa, Volker RW (Ed.)
Thermally induced distortions are a key contributor to the overall positional and pointing performance of high-stability systems. Though stability scales with temperature fluctuations, there is some hidden complexity is the subject. Firstly, not all temperature oscillations will distort the structure: fast variations will hardly propagate into the structure, little change in overall dimensions but primarily pointing errors. Conversely, slow variations will result in quasi uniform temperature
more » ... form temperature fields that change dimensions, hence mainly positional errors. Secondly, there is randomness in temperature fluctuations which obscures the actual severity of a given environment: randomness occurs timewise, but also space-wise. For highly stable situations, random part of the temperature field becomes prominent, and discarding this component becomes questionable. No harshness indicator exists that could help quantifying the actual severity of a given thermal environment. It is the objective of this paper to provide some insight on the matter, and propose a simple yet efficient numerical method allowing the evaluation of actual structural response to any realistic thermal environment.
doi:10.18429/jacow-medsi2016-tuca03 fatcat:y4nfseo6bne4jchr7zworw5h3i