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Optical design of the Origins space telescope
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the optical design of the Origins Space Telescope. Origins is one of four large missions under study in preparation for the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Sensitive to the mid- and far-infrared spectrum (between 2.8 and 588 μm), Origins sets out to answer a number of important scientific questions by addressing NASA’s three key science goals in astrophysics. The Origins telescope has a 5.9 m diameter primary mirror and operates at f/14. The large on-axis primary consists of 18 ‘keystone’ segments of two different prescriptions arranged in two annuli (six inner and twelve outer segments) that together form a circular aperture in the goal of achieving a symmetric point spread function. To accommodate the 46 x 15 arcminute full field of view of the telescope at the design wavelength of λ = 30 μm, a three-mirror anastigmat configuration is used. The design is diffraction-limited across its instruments’ fields of view. A brief discussion of each of the three baselined instruments within the Instrument Accommodation Module (IAM) is presented: 1) Origins Survey Spectrometer (OSS), 2) Mid-infrared Spectrometer, Camera (MISC) transit spectrometer channel, and 3) Far-Infrared Polarimeter/Imager (FIP). In addition, the upscope options for the observatory are laid out as well including a fourth instrument: the Heterodyne Receiver for Origins (HERO).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11115, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX, 1111513 (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2530641
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Corsetti, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Edward G. Amatucci, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ruth C. Carter, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tom D'Asto, ATA Aerospace, LLC (United States)
Michael J. DiPirro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Benjamin Gavares, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Joseph M. Howard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David T. Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gregory E. Martins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Margaret Meixner, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Len Seals, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11115:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX
Allison A. Barto; James B. Breckinridge; H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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