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Updates to the optical alignment and test plan for the James Webb Space Telescope integrated science instrument module
Author(s): R. Ohl
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Paper Abstract

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a 6.6m diameter, segmented, deployable telescope for cryogenic IR space astronomy (~40K). The JWST Observatory architecture includes the Optical Telescope Element (OTE) and the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) element that contains four science instruments (SI) including a Guider. The SIs and Guider are mounted to a composite metering structure with outer dimensions of ~2.2x2.2x1.7m. The SI and Guider units are integrated to the ISIM structure and optically tested at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as an instrument suite using a telescope simulator (Optical telescope element SIMulator; OSIM). OSIM is a high-fidelity, cryogenic JWST telescope simulator that features a ~1.5m diameter powered mirror. The SIs are aligned to the structure's coordinate system under ambient, clean room conditions using optomechanical metrology. OSIM is aligned to the ISIM mechanical coordinate system at the cryogenic operating temperature via internal mechanisms and feedback from alignment sensors in six degrees of freedom. SI performance, including focus, pupil shear, pupil roll, boresight, wavefront error, and image quality, is evaluated at the operating temperature using OSIM. This work updates the assembly and ambient and cryogenic optical alignment, test and verification plan for ISIM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7433, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification III, 743305 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828584
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R. Ohl, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7433:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification III
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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