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Design and Performance of the Terrestrial Planet Finder CoronagraphTerrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph, one of two potential architectures, is described. The telescope is designed to make a visible wavelength survey of the habitable zones of at least thirty stars in search of earth-like planets. The preliminary system requirements, optical parameters, mechanical and thermal design, operations scenario and predicted performance is presented. The 6-meter aperture telescope has a monolithic primary mirror, which along with the secondary tower, are being designed to meet the stringent optical tolerances of the planet-finding mission. Performance predictions include dynamic and thermal finite element analysis of the telescope optics and structure, which are used to make predictions of the optical performance of the system.
Document ID
20080018462
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
White, Mary L. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Shaklan, Stuart (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lisman, P. Doulas (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ho, Timothy (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mouroulis, Pantazis (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Basinger, Scott (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ledeboer, Bill (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kwack, Eug (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kissil, Andy (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mosier, Gary
Liu, Alice
Bowers, Chuck
Blaurock, Carl
Cafferty, Terry
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 20, 2004
Subject Category
Astronomy
Meeting Information
SPIE Conference on Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation(Glasgow, Scotland)
Distribution Limits
Public
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Keywords
designs
coronagraph
analysis
planet finder