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12 October 2004 Design and performance of the Terrestrial Planet Finder coronagraph
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Terrestrial 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
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Mary L. White, Stuart B. Shaklan, P. Douglas Lisman, Timothy Ho, Pantazis Mouroulis, Scott A. Basinger, William Ledeboer, Eug-Yun Kwack, Andrew Kissil, Gary E. Mosier, Alice Liu, Chuck Bowers, Carl Blaurock, and Terry Cafferty "Design and performance of the Terrestrial Planet Finder coronagraph", Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004);


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