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BRDF of materials used on the Hubble Space Telescope, COSTAR, STIS, and NICMOS instruments
Author(s): Timothy D. Wise
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Paper Abstract

Space-borne instruments must be designed with proper regard for the opto-mechanical properties of the materials that are actually used in the final construction of the instrument. An optical design that demonstrates excellent imaging properties in the computer model may be corrupted by the very materials used to fabricate and mount those optics, yielding actual performance that is less than that promised by the original design. In this paper, we review lessons learned in the retro-fit of the Hubble Space Telescope with the 'COSTAR' corrective optics, and how we are applying what we learned on COSTAR to the next generation instruments STIS and NICMOS. A compendium of BRDF data for materials used on all four instruments is summarized in the appendices of this paper and is offered on DOS diskette.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2864, Optical System Contamination V, and Stray Light and System Optimization, (11 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258328
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Timothy D. Wise, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2864:
Optical System Contamination V, and Stray Light and System Optimization
Robert P. Breault; A. Peter M. Glassford; Stephen M. Pompea; Robert P. Breault; Stephen M. Pompea, Editor(s)

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