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PERSEE: a nulling interferometer with dynamic correction of external perturbations

Paper Abstract

Nulling interferometry is one of the direct detection methods assessed to find and characterize extrasolar planets and particularly telluric ones. Several projects such as Darwin [1;2], TPF-I [3;4], PEGASE [5;6] or FKSI [7], are currently considered. One of the main issues is the feasibility of a stable polychromatic null despite the presence of significant disturbances, induced by vibrations, atmospheric turbulence on the ground or satellite drift. Satisfying all these requirements is a great challenge and a key issue of these missions. In the context of the PEGASE mission, it was decided (in 2006), to build a laboratory demonstrator named PERSEE. It is the first laboratory setup which couples deep nulling interferometry with a free flying GNC simulator [8]. It is developed by a consortium composed of CNES, IAS, LESIA, OCA, ONERA, and TAS. In this paper, we detail the main objectives, the set-up and the function of the bench. We describe all the subsystems and we focus particularly on two key points of PERSEE: the beam combiner and the Fringe tracker.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105660W (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308245
Show Author Affiliations
S. Jacquinod, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
K. Houairi, ONERA (France)
Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
PHASE (France)
J.-M. Le Duigou, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
M. Barillot, Thales Alenia Space (France)
F. Cassaing, ONERA (France)
PHASE (France)
J.-M. Réess, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris (France)
PHASE (France)
F. Hénault, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
B. Sorrente, ONERA (France)
PHASE (France)
G. Morinaud, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
J.-P. Amans, Observatoire de Paris à Meudon (France)
V. Coudé du Foresto, LESIA (France)
PHASE (France)
M. Ollivier, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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