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21 September 2012 Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope [WFIRST]: telescope design and simulated performance
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The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission concept was ranked first in new space astrophysics missions by the Astro2010 Decadal Survey, incorporating the Joint Dark Energy Mission payload concept and multiple science white papers. This mission is based on a space telescope at L2 studying exoplanets [via gravitational microlensing], probing dark energy, and surveying the near infrared sky. Since the release of the Astro2010 Decadal Survey, the team has been working with the WFIRST Science Definition Team to refine mission and payload concepts. We present the current interim reference mission point design of the payload, based on the use of a 1.3m unobscured aperture three mirror anastigmat form, with focal imaging and slit-less spectroscopy science channels. We also present the first results of Structural/Thermal/Optical performance modeling of the telescope point design.
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R. Goullioud, D. A. Content, G. M. Kuan, J. D. Moore, Z. Chang, E. T. Sunada, J. Villalvazo, J. P. Hawk, N. V. Armani, E. L. Johnson, and C. A. Powell "Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope [WFIRST]: telescope design and simulated performance", Proc. SPIE 8442, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 84421U (21 September 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927808
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