Abstract

This is one of two papers which describe the development and performance of a very stable and rugged etalon designed for use in the Fabry-Perot interferometer, one of the instruments of the NASA Dynamics Explorer satellite mission, and which will obtain global measurements of the thermospheric and mesospheric wind and temperature with an accuracy of ~10 m/sec. The etalon consists of two flat plates of fused silica, with spacers constructed of Zerodur (a polycrystalline glass ceramic of extremely low expansion coefficient) which are cemented together using cyanoacrylic adhesives. This provides adequate mechanical integrity and stability for any space flight application and has a thermal expansion coefficient of the etalon cavity of <10(−7)/°C.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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