Opto-Mechanical IF for ANSYS

Thermal and structural output from ANSYS is not in a form useful for optical analysis software. Temperatures, displacements and stresses at arbitrarily located FE nodes can not be input directly into optical software. This paper discusses the post-processing steps required to present ANSYS results in a useable format for CODEV, ZEMAX, and OSLO. Specific issues include optical surface deformations, thermo-optic effects, adaptive optics, and dynamic response. Finite element computed optical surface deformations are fit to several polynomial types including Zernikes, aspheric, and XY polynomials. Higher frequency deformations are interpolated to a user-defined uniform grid array using element shape functions to create interferogram files. Three-dimensional shape function interpolation is used to create OPD maps due to thermo-optic effects (dn/dT), which are subsequently fit to polynomials and/or interferogram files. Similar techniques are also used for stress birefringence effects. Adaptive optics uses influence functions to minimize surface error before or after pointing and focus correction.