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Thermal design trades for SAFIR architecture concepts
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Paper Abstract

SAFIR is a 10-meter, 4 K space telescope optimized for wavelengths between 20 microns and 1 mm. The combination of aperture diameter and telescope temperature will provide a raw sensitivity improvement of more than a factor of 1000 over presently-planned missions. The sensitivity will be comparable to that of the JWST and ALMA, but at the critical far infrared wavelengths, where much of the universe's radiative energy has emerged since the origin of stars and galaxies. We examine several of the critical technologies for SAFIR which enable the large cold aperture, and present results of studies examining the spacecraft thermal architecture. Both the method by which the aperture is filled, and the overall optical design for the telescope can impact the potential scientific return of SAFIR. Thermal architecture that goes far beyond the sunshades developed for the James Webb Space Telescope will be necessary to achieve the desired sensitivity of SAFIR. By optimizing a combination of active and passive cooling at critical points within the observatory, a significant reduction of the required level of active cooling can be obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551995
Show Author Affiliations
Harold W. Yorke, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Christopher G. Paine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Charles M. Bradford, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark Dragovan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Al E. Nash, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jennifer A. Dooley, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Charles R. Lawrence, 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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