31 May 1994 Technology for quiet optical systems in space
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The Micro-Precision Control/Structure Interaction (CSI) program at JPL is chartered to develop the structures and control technology needed for sub-micron level stabilization of future optical space systems. The extreme dimensional stability required for such systems derives from the need to maintain the alignment and figure of critical optical elements to a small fraction (typically 1/20th to 1/50th) of the wavelength of detected radiation (about 0.5 micron for visible light, 0.1 micron for ultra-violet light). This (lambda) /50 requirement is common to a broad class of optical systems including filled aperture telescopes (with monolithic or segmented primary mirrors), sparse aperture telescopes, and optical interferometers. The challenge for CSI arises when such systems become large, with spatially distributed optical elements mounted on lightweight, flexible structure. This paper will present an overview of the approach that is being taken by JPL's CSI program to address this challenge. In particular the paper will discuss the application of CSI technology to a specific example of a future large optical space mission. Experimental demonstration of the technology on ground-based testbeds will also be presented.
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Robert A. Laskin, James L. Fanson, "Technology for quiet optical systems in space", Proc. SPIE 2201, Adaptive Optics in Astronomy, (31 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176118; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.176118
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