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The Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT) I: overview and air-side system description
Author(s): Brian A. Hicks; Richard G. Lyon; Peter Petrone; Marlin Ballard; Matthew R. Bolcar; Jeff Bolognese; Mark Clampin; Peter Dogoda; Daniel Dworzanski; Michael A. Helmbrecht; Corina Koca; Ron Shiri
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Paper Abstract

This work presents an overview of the Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT), a project that will pair an actively-controlled macro-scale segmented mirror with the Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC). SAINT will incorporate the VNC’s demonstrated wavefront sensing and control system to refine and quantify end-to-end high-contrast starlight suppression performance. This pathfinder testbed will be used as a tool to study and refine approaches to mitigating instabilities and complex diffraction expected from future large segmented aperture telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 990420 (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234313
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Brian A. Hicks, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard G. Lyon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter Petrone, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Marlin Ballard, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Matthew R. Bolcar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeff Bolognese, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter Dogoda, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Daniel Dworzanski, Optimax Systems, Inc. (United States)
Michael A. Helmbrecht, Iris AO, Inc. (United States)
Corina Koca, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ron Shiri, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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