18 August 2005 Diffraction effects on very large space instruments: a detailed analysis to solar coronagraphy
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Recent possibility of building clusters of micro-satellites have increased the interest on extremely large space instruments. Since this growing is not merely a change of scale, performance of these new instruments has to be critically re-analyzed under this new perspective. As an example, diffraction effects can lead to new levels of signal-to-noise ratio, greatly increasing the possible performance of classical optical instruments. In this work we have analyzed the diffraction behavior of an opaque disc acting as external occulter in a space solar coronagraph. Since the occulter can be set at great distance from the telescope, improvements on signal-to-noise ratio are obtained. Moreover, this analysis can lead to a determination of a potential apodization function for the occulter.
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Fabio Frassetto, Giampiero Naletto, "Diffraction effects on very large space instruments: a detailed analysis to solar coronagraphy", Proc. SPIE 5901, Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation, 59011C (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620292; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.620292
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