Abstract

The Lyman Far Ultraviolet Spectrographic Explorer telescope is a Wolter type II glancing incidence design with an aperture of 64 cm. Because the spacecraft is required to guide on stars fainter than mν = 16, a visible light baffle is necessary to protect the field of view from the stray light that results from out-of-field bright sources. Such a baffle system is described here. Total point-source transmittances are computed for incident beams in the range 0–70°. Estimates for background brightness on the detector are made for the contribution from direct sunlight and earthshine. Scattering from the black surfaces of the baffle, the vanes, and diffraction at the structure's edges are taken into consideration.

© 1993 Optical Society of America

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