From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Athermalization, in optics is the process of achieving optothermal stability and ensuring that optical properties do not change with variations in temperature.[1]

Ideally, athermalization can be achieved by making the optics and metering structure out of the same material. This is very difficult in practice, because materials that are ideal for use in the optics are often brittle or expensive and are thus not always ideal for use in a metering structure. For this reason, athermalization is often achieved by using switchbacks or in-depth knowledge of the thermal elastic effects that are present in the particular system. [2]


  1. ^ Kenichi Iga; Yasuo Kokubun (1 November 2005). Encyclopedic Handbook of Integrated Optics. CRC Press. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-1-4200-2781-5. 
  2. ^