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Stray light analysis of CRISTA
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Paper Abstract

The CRISTA experiment is designed to detect and analyze short term upper atmospheric waves and turbulence of the middle atmosphere. This paper presents two of the more intriguing stray light characteristics of the CRISTA instrument as revealed through a much more extensive stray light analysis. The two topics are the diffraction propagation from a series of edges, and the thermal loading characteristics of the outer baffles by the earth's radiation. The interesting parameters that play very complex roles relative to each other are: CRISTA's three different telescopes peer through a common aperture; the Center Telescope has an image plane shared by two spectrometers offset above or below the axis by 0.358 deg; the point source angles walk away from one slit but across the other; the wavelength bands vary from 4 microns to 70 microns; all of the imaging mirrors are simple spherical surfaces; the major source of stray light is the earth, which is only .5 deg from the optical axis; and the intermediate field stop is oversized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 1331, Stray Radiation in Optical Systems, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22650
Show Author Affiliations
Robert P. Breault, Breault Research Organization, Inc. (United States)
Peter Barthol, Univ. of Wuppertal (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1331:
Stray Radiation in Optical Systems
Robert P. Breault, Editor(s)

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