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Design And Performance Of The Cryogenic Focal Plane Optics Assembly For The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)
Author(s): J. A. Bamberg; N. H. Zaun
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Paper Abstract

The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) has successfully completed its mission of providing an unbiased all-sky survey of astronomical objects in the 8 to 120 micrometer wavelength region. The design and performance of the Focal Plane Optics Assembly (FPOA) for the IRAS instrument is described in this paper. The FPOA consists of 62 survey field stops, 62 individual small field lenses, 124 small spectral filters, and a precision multi-part aluminum housing. The FPOA is capable of repeated thermal cycling from ambient temperature to 2 Kelvin. The spectral filters, along with the detector spectral responses, provide infrared bandpasses of 8-15, 18-30, 46-78, and 85-117 micrometers. The combination of very long wavelengths, liquid helium temperatures, and small size provided a significant design challenge. Spectral filter and field lens designs for the four spectral bands are described. Also, discussed are techniques which were developed for mechanical mounting of the small lenses and spectral filters, and to assure their optical alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1985
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0509, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments I, (1 February 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.944982
Show Author Affiliations
J. A. Bamberg, Ball Corporation (United States)
N. H. Zaun, Ball Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0509:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments I
Ramsey K. Melugin, Editor(s)

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