4 August 2010 Testing a critical stray light path of the James Webb Space Telescope
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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) requires cryogenic testing of a critical stray light path, named as the Rogue Path. Although blockage of this path is verified during fabrication and assembly of JWST, simple small light sources added to the test configuration provide an opportunity to check for successful blockage at the system level in the cryogenic environment. Although the test occurs in the largest environmental chamber at the NASA Johnson Space Center, the size of the chamber challenges this test by placing the origin of the Rogue Path within the collimated beam of the telescope. The design of the test overcomes this challenge with sufficient signal to noise ratio and without interference with the optical test of the system.
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Tony Whitman, Tony Whitman, } "Testing a critical stray light path of the James Webb Space Telescope", Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77310L (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861170; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.861170
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