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Optical design and analysis of the James Webb Space Telescope: optical telescope element
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large space based astronomical telescope that will operate at cryogenic temperatures, utilizing a segmented primary mirror with active control. To achieve the science goals for JWST, the design requires a large collecting aperture and stable PSF to detect distant faint sources, and a large field of view to accommodate multiple large field of view instruments for efficient surveys. This presentation will give an overview of the mission optical requirements and optical architecture. It will describe the telescope design, highlight some of the features of the baseline telescope, and discuss the nominal performance. In addition, it will provide an overview of the wavefront sensing and control process, and describe some of the special optical analysis considerations necessary in a system needing remote, on-orbit alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5524, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII, (22 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.559871
Show Author Affiliations
James W. Contreras, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Paul A. Lightsey, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5524:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization VII
Jose M. Sasian; R. John Koshel; Paul K. Manhart; Richard C. Juergens, Editor(s)

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