Simulation of a Multilayer Thermal Regulator for an Optical Reference

J.A. Ospina[1] and E. Canuto[1]
[1]Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

The research project under which the COMSOL simulations are performed deals with multilayer and fine thermal control of an optical reference cavity for space applications. The cavity, made of Ultra Low Expansion glass (Corning ULE), must be kept close to the zero expansion temperature of the glass (close to room temperature). The target can only be met by active control, while leaving the cavity free of sensor and actuators. Cavity length stability should be below one part in 1012. In this paper some simulations based on the heat transfer and the structural mechanics of COMSOL are used to identify the conditions under which target cavity stability is achieved.

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