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Membrane photon sieve telescope
Author(s): Geoff Andersen; Michael E. Dearborn; Matthew G. McHarg; Jeff Harvey
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Paper Abstract

We are currently constructing FalconSAT-7 for launch in late 2013. The low-Earth, 3U CubeSat solar telescope incorporates a 0.2m deployable membrane photon sieve with over 2.5 billion holes. The aim of the experiment is to demonstrate diffraction limited imaging of a collapsible, diffractive primary over a narrow bandwidth. As well as being simpler to manufacture and deploy than curved, polished surfaces, the sheets do not have to be optically flat, greatly reducing many engineering issues. As such, the technology is particularly promising as a means to achieve extremely large optical primaries from compact, lightweight packages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 May 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8385, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V, 83850B (24 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918613
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Geoff Andersen, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Michael E. Dearborn, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Matthew G. McHarg, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Jeff Harvey, MMA Design (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8385:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications V
Khanh D. Pham; Joseph L. Cox; Richard T. Howard; Henry Zmuda, Editor(s)

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