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An active optics system for large UVOIR space telescopes
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of large monolithic mirror space telescopes will use aberration correction to ensure resolution performance is maintained throughout their mission. This is due to the use of ever thinner and lighter primary mirrors, which are susceptible to deformation due to a range of effects such as mechanical stress and thermal changes. In this work, we outline our space-telescope design and its corresponding active optics system to correct for these aberrations. We also describe our laboratory system for testing the wavefront sensing and aberration correction capabilities of the active optics components, along with some preliminary experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106986C (12 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313249
Show Author Affiliations
Fiona Kenny, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
Nicholas Devaney, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
Alexander Goncharov, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
Matthias Goy, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik (Germany)
Claudia Reinlein, Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10698:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Makenzie Lystrup; Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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