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Optical design of the Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph starlight suppression system
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Paper Abstract

A baseline design for NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph (TPFC) starlight suppression system (SSS) is described. The design is based on a 8x3.5m elliptical aperture telescope leading to terrestrial planet detection at a minimum angle of ~4λ/D. The design accommodates classical Lyot coronagraph as well as shaped pupil approaches and includes separate optical paths for two polarizations each with its own deformable mirror control. Critical design challenges and trades are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5874, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI, 58740J (26 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613794
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Pantazis Mouroulis, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5874:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI
Pantazis Z. Mouroulis; Warren J. Smith; R. Barry Johnson, Editor(s)

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