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25 September 2007 The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): optical system design considerations
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The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT) was designed to accomplish three scientific objectives: (1) learn how planetary systems form from protostellar disks and how they acquire their inhomogeneous chemical composition; (2) characterize the family of extrasolar planetary systems by imaging the structure in debris disks to understand how and where planets of different types form; and (3) learn how high-redshift galaxies formed and merged to form the present-day population of galaxies. SPIRIT will accomplish these objectives through infrared observations with a two aperture interferometric instrument. This paper gives an overview into the optical system design, including the design form, the metrology systems used for control, stray light, and optical testing.
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Mark E. Wilson, David Leisawitz, Anthony J. Martino, Stephen Rinehart, Julie Crooke, June Tveekrem, Jason Budinoff, and Tupper Hyde "The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): optical system design considerations", Proc. SPIE 6687, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III, 66870B (25 September 2007);

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