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The cryogenic refocusing mechanism of NIRSpec opto-mechanical design, analysis, and testing
Author(s): Matteo Taccola; Giorgio Bagnasco; Reiner Barho; Giulio Cesare Caprini; Marco Di Giampietro; Lionel Gaillard; Giuseppe Mondello; Jean-Christophe Salvignol; Maurice Te Plate; Nazzareno Tonetti
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Paper Abstract

A novel cryogenic refocusing mechanism (RMA) has been designed by Galileo Avionica (GA) for the Near Infra-Red Spectrograph (NIRSpec), one of the instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The RMA shall correct possible in orbit focal length variations by a rigid translation of a set of two mirrors in a 6 mm range, with an accuracy of 50 microns and 15 microns step size. The RMA development has been driven by the operation at 30K temperature while being still fully functional at room temperature, by the need to incorporate two mirrors with demanding quality as part of the mechanism and by tight envelope constraints. This paper reports details of the RMA opto-mechanical design and analysis and about the dedicated optical set-up developed for its verification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70181Z (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787868
Show Author Affiliations
Matteo Taccola, Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (Italy)
Giorgio Bagnasco, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Reiner Barho, EADS Astrium GmbH (Germany)
Giulio Cesare Caprini, Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (Italy)
Marco Di Giampietro, Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (Italy)
Lionel Gaillard, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Giuseppe Mondello, Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (Italy)
Jean-Christophe Salvignol, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Maurice Te Plate, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Nazzareno Tonetti, Galileo Avionica S.p.A. (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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