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Comparison of on-axis three-mirror-anastigmat telescopes
Author(s): M. Lampton; M. Sholl
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Paper Abstract

We compare and contrast the Korsch (1972) full-field three-mirror anastigmat telescope (TMA) to the Korsch (1977) annular-field TMA. Both TMAs offer flat fields with comparably good aberration correction and comparably good telephoto advantage. Both offer good accessibility of the focal plane. The advantages of the FFTMA are its extremely uniform focal length over its field, its nearly telecentric final focus, and the fact that there is no hole in the center of its field. The advantages of the AFTMA are its complete accessible cold stop (essential if a warm telescope is to be used to image the sky at near-IR wavelengths) and its low sensitivity to mirror location error. Either alternative can deliver diffraction-limited visible-wavelength images over a one degree diameter field with a two meter aperture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6687, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III, 66870S (20 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732527
Show Author Affiliations
M. Lampton, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
M. Sholl, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6687:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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