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Space Telescope Low Scattered Light Camera-A Model
Author(s): J. B. Breckinridge; T. G. Kuper; R. V. Shack
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Paper Abstract

A design approach for a camera to be used with the space telescope is given. Camera optics relay the system pupil onto an annular Gaussian ring apodizing mask to control scattered light. One and two dimensional models of ripple on the primary mirror were calculated. Scattered light calculations using ripple amplitudes between x/20 and x/200 with spatial correlations of the ripple across the primary mirror between 0.2 and 2.0 centimeters indicate that the detection of an object 109 times fainter than a bright source in the field is possible. Detection of a Jovian type planet in orbit about a Centauri with a camera on the space telescope may be possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 1982
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0331, Instrumentation in Astronomy IV, (16 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933481
Show Author Affiliations
J. B. Breckinridge, California Institute of Technology (United States)
T. G. Kuper, University of Arizona (United States)
R. V. Shack, University of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0331:
Instrumentation in Astronomy IV
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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