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Advanced mirror system demonstrator cryogenic test error budget
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Paper Abstract

The successful augmentation of NASA's X-Ray Cryogenic Facility (XRCF) at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) to an optical metrology testing facility for the Sub-scale Beryllium Mirror Demonstrator (SBMD) and NGST Mirror Sub-scale Demonstrator (NMSD) programs required significant modifications and enhancements to achieve reliable data. In addition to building and integrating both a helium shroud and a rugged, stable platform to support a wavefront sensor, a custom sensor suite was assembled and integrated to meet the test requirements. The metrology suite consisted of a high-resolution Shack-Hartmann sensor, a point diffraction interferometer, a point spread function camera, and a radius of curvature measuring device. The evolution from the SBMD and NMSD tests to the Advanced Mirror System Demonstrator (AMSD) program is less dramatic in some ways, such as the reutilization of the existing helium shroud and sensor support structure. However, significant modifications were required to meet the AMSD program's more stringent test requirements and conditions resulting in a substantial overhaul of the sensor suite and test plan. This paper will discuss the instrumentation changes made for AMSD, including the interferometer selection and null optics. The error budget for the tests will be presented using modeling and experimental data. We will show how the facility is ready to meet the test requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461741
Show Author Affiliations
Patrick J. Reardon, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
James B. Hadaway, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Joseph M. Geary, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Brian M. Robinson, The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ron Eng, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

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

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