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Technology for space optical and infrared interferometry
Author(s): Robert A. Laskin
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Paper Abstract

Optical and IR interferometry will open new vistas for astronomy over the next decade. Space based interferometers, operating unfettered by the Earth's atmosphere, will offer the greatest scientific payoff. They also present the greatest technological challenge: laser metrology systems must perform with sub-nanometer precision; mechanical vibrations must be controlled to nanometers requiring orders of magnitude disturbance rejection; a multitude of actuators and sensors must operate flawlessly and in concert. The interferometry technology program at NASA's JPL is addressing these challenges with a development program that plans to establish technology readiness for the Space Interferometry Mission by early in the year 2001.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317129
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Robert A. Laskin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3350:
Astronomical Interferometry
Robert D. Reasenberg, Editor(s)

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