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Spaceborne optical coronagraph requirements including exo-solar planet and star testbed simulation
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Paper Abstract

The optical telescope for a spaceborne coronagraph to detect terrestrial to Jovian-sized planets has unusually stringent phase and amplitude requirements - far exceeding a "conventional" telescope like Hubble or the James Webb Space Telescope. The key engineering requirements will be summarized based on probable mission science objectives and an engineering solution with a monolithic primary mirror on the order of 6 meters by 4 meters. We will also present an optical design for a sub-scale coronagraphic simulator as a logical and essential step in examining the system sensitivities. Testbed simulations will include F, G, and K stars and companion planets ranging in size from earth-like up to Jovian-like.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5555, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VIII, (1 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557847
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Stephen E. Kendrick, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Jennifer Turner-Valle, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Dennis Ebbets, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert Bates, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5555:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VIII
Richard B. Hoover; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Y. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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