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22 September 2015 Optics of a granular imaging system (i.e. “orbiting rainbows”)
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In this paper, we present some ideas regarding the optics and imaging aspects of granular spacecraft. Granular spacecraft are complex systems composed of a spatially disordered distribution of a large number of elements, for instance a cloud of grains in orbit. An example of this application is a spaceborne observatory for exoplanet imaging, where the primary collecting aperture is a cloud of small particles instead of a monolithic aperture.
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Scott A. Basinger, David Palacios, Marco B. Quadrelli, and Grover A. Swartzlander Jr. "Optics of a granular imaging system (i.e. “orbiting rainbows”)", Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 96020E (22 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185699; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2185699
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