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SIRTF telescope test facility: the first year
Author(s): Melora E. Larson; Mark J. Lysek; Daniel R. Coulter; Steven A. Macenka
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Paper Abstract

The SIRTF Telescope Test Facility (STTF) consists of an optical dewar for testing mirrors of up to 1m diameter and f < 6 at temperatures from 300K to 5K and a phase shift interferometer for optical characterization. The STTF was brought on-line in early 1995. The STTF was initially used to cool a 50cm diameter beryllium mirror that had been previously tested at NASA Ames Research Center. The initial tests validated the performance of the STTF by proving that the STTF could cool a mirror to 5K and achieve high quality optical data on the mirror, consistent with the previous results achieved at NASA Ames. The STTF has also been used to provide cryogenic optical testing of the ultra- lightweight 85cm diameter beryllium primary mirror assembly for the Infrared Telescope Technology Testbed (ITTT). Currently the facility is preparing for testing the complete ITTT. Also, the long wavelength photon background in the facility will be measured and characterized in 1996.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2814, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VII, (14 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254155
Show Author Affiliations
Melora E. Larson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark J. Lysek, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniel R. Coulter, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven A. Macenka, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2814:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments VII
Lawrence G. Burriesci; James B. Heaney, Editor(s)

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