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Space environment challenges with the tunable Fabry-Perot etalon for the JWST fine guidance sensor
Author(s): Craig Haley; Niladri Roy; Zeljko Osman; Neil Rowlands; Alan Scott
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Paper Abstract

The Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has a science observing capability that was to be provided by a tunable Fabry-Pérot etalon incorporating dielectric coated etalon plates with a small vacuum gap and piezoelectric actuators (PZTs). The JWST etalon was more challenging than our existing ground-based operational systems due to the low-order gap, the extremely wide waveband and the environmental specifications. Difficulties were encountered in providing the required performance due to variability in the mechanical gap after exposure to the vibration, shock and cryogenic cycling environments required for the JWST mission. The risks associated with operating the flight model etalon in the space environment, along with changes in scientific priorities, resulted in the etalon being replaced by the grism-based Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS). We describe here the performance of the etalon system and the unresolved risks that contributed to the decision to change the flight instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84423M (21 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927026
Show Author Affiliations
Craig Haley, COM DEV Canada (Canada)
Niladri Roy, COM DEV Canada (Canada)
Zeljko Osman, COM DEV Canada (Canada)
Neil Rowlands, COM DEV Canada (Canada)
Alan Scott, COM DEV Canada (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8442:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Mark C. Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen; Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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