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Design and performance of the Terrestrial Planet Finder coronagraph
Author(s): Mary L. White; Stuart B. Shaklan; P. Douglas Lisman; Timothy Ho; Pantazis Mouroulis; Scott A. Basinger; William Ledeboer; Eug-Yun Kwack; Andrew Kissil; Gary E. Mosier; Alice Liu; Chuck Bowers; Carl Blaurock; Terry Cafferty
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Paper Abstract

Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph, one of two potential architectures, is described. The telescope is designed to make a visible wavelength survey of the habitable zones of at least thirty stars in search of earth-like planets. The preliminary system requirements, optical parameters, mechanical and thermal design, operations scenario and predicted performance is presented. The 6-meter aperture telescope has a monolithic primary mirror, which along with the secondary tower, are being designed to meet the stringent optical tolerances of the planet-finding mission. Performance predictions include dynamic and thermal finite element analysis of the telescope optics and structure, which are used to make predictions of the optical performance of the system

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552335
Show Author Affiliations
Mary L. White, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
P. Douglas Lisman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Timothy Ho, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Pantazis Mouroulis, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Scott A. Basinger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William Ledeboer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eug-Yun Kwack, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Andrew Kissil, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gary E. Mosier, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alice Liu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Chuck Bowers, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Carl Blaurock, Mide Technology Corp. (United States)
Terry Cafferty, TC Technology (United States)


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

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