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James Webb Space Telescope segment phasing using differential optical transfer functions
Author(s): Johanan L. Codona; Nathan Doble

Paper Abstract

Differential optical transfer function (dOTF) is an image-based, noniterative wavefront sensing method that uses two star images with a single small change in the pupil. We describe two possible methods for introducing the required pupil modification to the James Webb Space Telescope, one using a small (<λ/4) displacement of a single segment’s actuator and another that uses small misalignments of the NIRCam’s filter wheel. While both methods should work with NIRCam, the actuator method will allow both MIRI and NIRISS to be used for segment phasing, which is a new functionality. Since the actuator method requires only small displacements, it should provide a fast and safe phasing alternative that reduces the mission risk and can be performed frequently for alignment monitoring and maintenance. Since a single actuator modification can be seen by all three cameras, it should be possible to calibrate the non-common-path aberrations between them. Large segment discontinuities can be measured using dOTFs in two filter bands. Using two images of a star field, aberrations along multiple lines of sight through the telescope can be measured simultaneously. Also, since dOTF gives the pupil field amplitude as well as the phase, it could provide a first approximation or constraint to the planned iterative phase retrieval algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2015
PDF: 13 pages
J. Ast. Inst. Sys. 1(2) 029001 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.1.2.029001
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 1, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Johanan L. Codona, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Nathan Doble, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)

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