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Deformable Mirrors in Space Telescopes

Deformable Mirrors in Space Telescopes mind map
Deformable Mirrors in Space Telescopes
Role
Achieving wavefront control
Correcting optical aberrations
Importance
Direct imaging of exoplanets
Studying Earth-like planets
Determining habitability
Challenges in Exoplanet Detection
Direct photography of exoplanets
Brightness of host stars
Obscuring faint light from planets
Use of coronagraph
Reduce glare from host star
Capture reflected light from planet
Role of Deformable Mirrors in Coronagraphs
Repairing small imperfections in telescope optics
Eliminating starlight contamination
Enabling precise and accurate imaging
Unprecedented Control for Exoplanet Discovery
Detection Challenges
Earth-like planets 10 billion times fainter than parent stars
Required Control Level
Tens of picometers
Deformable Mirrors' Capability
Achieving necessary level of control
Space Coronagraphs and Future Testing
Future Testing
Roman Space Telescope
Scheduled launch in May 2027
Anticipation
Achieve required wavefront control
Advance understanding of exoplanetary systems

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