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Optical design considerations for the Terrestrial Planet Finder-Coronagraph mission: optical telescope assembly
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Paper Abstract

The Terrestrial Planet Finder-Coronagraph (TPF-C) is a NASA exploration mission to directly detect and characterize terrestrial exoplanets at visible wavelengths. The TPF-C observatory must be able to distinguish a planet that is more than 10 orders of magnitude fainter than its parent star at a separation of 75 milli-arc-seconds (mas). Coronagraphic detection requires a large aperture telescope to resolve the exoplanet from its star, and extreme stability during detection and characterization observations. This paper discusses the requirements and trade studies leading to the current baseline optical design for the TPF-C telescope. The current baseline design is summarized and its prescription is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5874, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering VI, 58740I (31 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618380
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph M. Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Pantazis Mouroulis, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anita Thompson, Swales Aerospace (United States)
Andrew Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David Content, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Timothy Ho, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Clifton Jackson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Raymond G. Ohl, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, NASA 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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