Pupil Alignment Reference (PAR) for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) for Optical Alignment and Verification on the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) in James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
Publication date: 29 August 2009
Authors: Aymergen, C. et al.
Journal: Proceedings of SPIE
In "Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification III", edited by José Sasian, Richard N. Youngworth, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7433, 74330P, (2009), doi: 10.1117/12.826286
The Mid Infrared Instrument (MIRI), one of the four instruments on the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), supports all of the science objectives of the observatory. MIRI optical alignment is an important step in the verification process, directly affecting mission success. The MIRI optical alignment is verified on the ground at the integrated ISIM level using an element in the MIRI Filter Wheel, the pupil alignment reference (PAR), developed by NASA GSFC and provided to MIRI. It is a ~2.3g aluminum piece that has a flat, specularly reflective, 3mm diameter surface in its center, with laser-etched fiducials within its aperture. The PAR is illuminated via an optical stimulus (ground support equipment) and imaged using a pupil imaging camera, during the ISIM test program in order to determine absolute and relative changes in the alignment that impact pupil shear and roll. Here we describe the MIRI PAR; its physical properties and challenges during its design, manufacturing, and testing.Link to publication