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Infrared coronagraph for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission: II. Instrument design and performance
Author(s): L. Suzanne Casement; Martin R. Flannery; Charles F. Lillie; Charles B. Atkinson; Stewart L. Moses; Keith V. Kroening; Paul E. Glenn
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Paper Abstract

NASA plans to launch a Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) mission in 2014 to detect and characterize Earth-like planets around nearby stars, to perform comparative planetology studies, and to obtain general astrophysics observations. As part of our recently completed TPF Mission Architecture study for NASA/JPL we developed the conceptual design for a Large Aperture IR Coronagraph that meets these mission objectives. This paper describes the optical design of the telescope and the coronagraph to detect and characterize exo-solar planets. The telescope design was optimized to provide a well-corrected image plane that is large enough to feed several instruments and control scattered light while accommodating packaging for launch and manufacturing limitations. The coronagraph was designed to provide a well corrected field of view with a radius > 5 arcsec around the star it occults in the 7-17 microns wavelength region. A design for this instrument as well as results of a system simulation model are presented. The methodology for wavefront error correction and control of scattered and diffracted light are discussed in some detail as they are critical parameters to enable detecting planets at separations of down to ~λ/D.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4860, High-Contrast Imaging for Exo-Planet Detection, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457848
Show Author Affiliations
L. Suzanne Casement, TRW Space and Electronics. (United States)
Martin R. Flannery, TRW Space and Electronics. (United States)
Charles F. Lillie, TRW Space and Electronics. (United States)
Charles B. Atkinson, TRW Space and Electronics. (United States)
Stewart L. Moses, TRW Space and Electronics. (United States)
Keith V. Kroening, TRW Space and Electronics. (United States)
Paul E. Glenn, Bauer Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4860:
High-Contrast Imaging for Exo-Planet Detection
Alfred B. Schultz; Richard G. Lyon, Editor(s)

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