AAS 204th Meeting, June 2004
Session 8 UV/Optical Universe at Ultra-High Angular Resolution
Topical Realted Poster, Monday, May 31, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Ballroom

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[8.14] TPF Coronagraph: Pathway toward full mission architecture

V. G. Ford, P. D. Lisman, S. Shaklan, M. White, T. Hull (JPL)

Both a large visible wavelength telescope with coronagraph, and infrared interferometers, are regarded to be viable architectures for the Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission. We describe progress made in defining coronagraphic implementation with a large stable spaceborne telescope and optimized masks. System implementation follows closely from detailed astronomical definition of mission requirements. The process of convergence on a coronagraphic observatory that satisfies full mission requirements is illustrated.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: tony.hull@jpl.nasa.gov

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