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Wavefront amplitude errors for a TPF coronagraph: their effects and possible correction
Author(s): Roger P. Linfield
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Paper Abstract

Successful planet searches with a Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) coronagraph will require a highly uniform wavefront, in both phase and amplitude. Requirements for phase and amplitude uniformity are derived. A Deformable Mirror (DM) can achieve broadband correction of phase errors across the full observing band. Correction of amplitude errors with a DM is also possible, but only over half the image plane, and only for a limited bandwidth. For a 500-600 nm observing band, use of a DM can relax the reflectivity uniformity requirements on TPF mirrors by a factor of 10-15, and these relaxed requirements appear to be within the current capability for mirror coatings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549290
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Roger P. Linfield, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

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

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