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Cryogenic and ambient testing of the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) beryllium telescopes
Author(s): Patricia Ann Hayes; Julie A. Crooke; Brendon D. Perkins
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Paper Abstract

One of two flight qualified beryllium 0.5 m diameter F/6 Cassegrain telescopes from the Modified InfraRed Interferometer Spectrometer (MIRIS) project is baselined to be flown on the Cassini mission as part of Composite InfraRed Spectrometer (CIRS) instrument. The imaging requirement for the CIRS telescope, 80% ensquared energy within 500 microns, is more stringent than that for MIRIS (95% encircled energy within 0.9 mm). Because the MIRIS telescopes had never been tested at cryogenic temperatures, only ambient data existed for these subsystems. A 0.864 meter liquid nitrogen dewar is being modified and will be used to perform in-house double pass and single pass ensquared energy tests of the beryllium telescopes at 170 K. This paper summarizes the ambient and cryogenic optical tests performed, the results and the status of the new cryogenic facility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1994
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2227, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VI, (23 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178609
Show Author Affiliations
Patricia Ann Hayes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Julie A. Crooke, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Brendon D. Perkins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2227:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VI
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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