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28 August 2014 Contamination control for the space infrared observatory SPICA
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The contamination control for the next-generation space infrared observatory SPICA is presented. The optical performance of instruments on space observatories are often degraded by particulate and/or molecular contamination. Therefore, the contamination control has a potential to produce a significant risk, and it should be investigated in the risk mitigation phase of the SPICA development. The requirements from contamination- sensitive components onborad SPICA, the telescope assembly and focal plane instruments, are summarized. Possible contamination sources inside and outside the SPICA spacecraft were investigated. Based on impact on the SPICA system design, the following contamination sources were extensively studied through simulation and measurement; (1) outgassing from the payload module surrounding the telescope mirror and focal plane instruments, (2) contamination due to the thruster plume, and (3) environmental contamination during the integration, storage and verification phases. Although the outgas from the payload module and the thruster plume were estimated to produce only a negligible influence, the environmental contamination was suggested to affect significantly the telescope and focal plane instruments. Reasonable countermeasures to reduce the environmental contamination were proposed, some of which were confirmed to be actually effective.
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Naoki Isobe, Takao Nakagawa, Shun Okazaki, Yoichi Sato, Makiko Ando, Susumu Baba, Yuka Miura, Eiji Miyazaki, Yugo Kimoto, Junichiro Ishizawa, Hiroumi Tani, Kenta Maruyama, Fumitaka Urayama, and Akihito Mori "Contamination control for the space infrared observatory SPICA", Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 914348 (28 August 2014); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056009
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