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Phase retrieval camera for testing NGST optics
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Paper Abstract

The NGST Phase Retrieval Camera (PRC) is a portable wavefront sensor useful for optical testing in high-vibration environments. The PRC uses focus-diverse phase retrieval to measure the wavefront propagating from the optical component or system under test. Phase retrieval from focal plane images is less sensitive to jitter than standard pupil plane interferometric measurements; the PRC's performance is further enhanced by using a high-speed shutter to freeze out seeing and jitter along with a reference camera to maintain the correct boresight in defocused images. The PRC hardware was developed using components similar to those in NGST's Wavefront Control Testbed (WCT), while the PRC software was derived from WCT's extensive software infrastructure. Primary applications of the PRC are testing and experimenting with NGST technology demonstrator mirrors, along with exploring other wavefront sensing and control problems not easily studied using WCT. An overview of the hardware and testing results will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461168
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew E. Lowman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David C. Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Scott A. Basinger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jessica A. Faust, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph Jacob Green, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Catherine Mayumi Ohara, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Fang Shi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4850:
IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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