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Diffraction analysis of large segmented mirror concepts for exoplanet exploration
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Paper Abstract

Diffraction effects of large segmented mirror gaps and secondary mirror support struts produce diffraction peaks or flares that are a detriment to exoplanet detection. In this paper we present detailed parametric diffraction analyses of an innovative “Pinwheel Pupil” segmented mirror concept utilizing curved segment gaps and secondary support struts that can potentially eliminate these diffraction flares that can obscure a faint exoplanet image. The resulting numerical diffraction performance predictions are quantitatively compared to that of both ideal monolithic circular pupils and classical annular pupils with straight secondary mirror struts. We utilize performance – based merit functions consisting of both radial and azimuthal profiles of the resulting telescope point spread function.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106981Q (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313999
Show Author Affiliations
James E. Harvey, Photon Engineering LLC (United States)
Ryan G. Irvin, Photon Engineering LLC (United States)
Karlton Crabtree, Photon Engineering LLC (United States)
Richard N. Pfisterer, Photon Engineering LLC (United States)
James B. Breckinridge, Breckinridge Associates, LLC (United States)
California Institute of Technology (United States)

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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