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The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): optical system design considerations
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Paper Abstract

The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT) was designed to accomplish three scientific objectives: (1) learn how planetary systems form from protostellar disks and how they acquire their inhomogeneous chemical composition; (2) characterize the family of extrasolar planetary systems by imaging the structure in debris disks to understand how and where planets of different types form; and (3) learn how high-redshift galaxies formed and merged to form the present-day population of galaxies. SPIRIT will accomplish these objectives through infrared observations with a two aperture interferometric instrument. This paper gives an overview into the optical system design, including the design form, the metrology systems used for control, stray light, and optical testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6687, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III, 66870B (25 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738562
Show Author Affiliations
Mark E. Wilson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony J. Martino, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Julie Crooke, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
June Tveekrem, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jason Budinoff, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tupper Hyde, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (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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