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Poster Presentation: Optical Test of NGST Developmental MirrorsAn Optical Testing System (OTS) has been developed to measure the figure and radius of curvature of NGST developmental mirrors in the vacuum, cryogenic environment of the X-Ray Calibration Facility (XRCF) at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The OTS consists of a WaveScope Shack-Hartmann sensor from Adaptive Optics Associates as the main instrument, a Point Diffraction Interferometer (PDI), a Point Spread Function (PSF) imager, an alignment system, a Leica Disto Pro distance measurement instrument, and a laser source palette (632.8 nm wavelength) that is fiber-coupled to the sensor instruments. All of the instruments except the laser source palette are located on a single breadboard known as the Wavefront Sensor Pallet (WSP). The WSP is located on top of a 5-DOF motion system located at the center of curvature of the test mirror. Two PC's are used to control the OTS. The error in the figure measurement is dominated by the WaveScope's measurement error. An analysis using the absolute wavefront gradient error of 1/50 wave P-V (at 0.6328 microns) provided by the manufacturer leads to a total surface figure measurement error of approximately 1/100 wave rms. This easily meets the requirement of 1/10 wave P-V. The error in radius of curvature is dominated by the Leica's absolute measurement error of VI.5 mm and the focus setting error of Vi.4 mm, giving an overall error of V2 mm. The OTS is currently being used to test the NGST Mirror System Demonstrators (NMSD's) and the Subscale Beryllium Mirror Demonstrator (SBNM).
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hadaway, James B.
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL United States)
Geary, Joseph
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL United States)
Reardon, Patrick
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL United States)
Peters, Bruce
(Alabama Univ. Huntsville, AL United States)
Keidel, John
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Chavers, Greg
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Meeting Information
Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation Conference(Munich)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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