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High-contrast imaging testbed for the Terrestrial Planet Finder coronagraph
Author(s): Andrew E. Lowman; John T. Trauger; Brian Gordon; Joseph Jacob Green; Dwight Moody; Albert F. Niessner; Fang Shi
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Paper Abstract

The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission is planning to launch a visible coronagraphic space telescope in 2014. To achieve TPF science goals, the coronagraph must have extreme levels of wavefront correction (less than 1 Å rms over controllable spatial frequencies) and stability to get the necessary suppression of diffracted starlight (~1E-10 contrast at an angular separation ~4 lambda/D). TPF Coronagraph’s primary platform for experimentation is the High Contrast Imaging Testbed, which will provide laboratory validation of key technologies as well as demonstration of a flight-traceable approach to implementation. Precision wavefront control in the testbed is provided by a high actuator density deformable mirror. Diffracted light control is achieved through use of occulting or apodizing masks and stops. Contrast measurements will establish the technical feasibility of TPF requirements, while model and error budget validation will demonstrate implementation viability. This paper describes the current testbed design, development approach, and recent experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547710
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew E. Lowman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John T. Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian Gordon, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph Jacob Green, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dwight Moody, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Albert F. Niessner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fang Shi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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