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Optomechanical design of the Micro-Arcsecond Metrology testbed interferometer
Author(s): Andrew E. Carlson; Stuart B. Shaklan; Randall D. Bartos; Steven L. Azevedo
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Paper Abstract

The Micro Arcsecond Metrology Testbed (MAM) is a laboratory- based, long baseline, white-light interferometer inside a vibration-isolated vacuum tank. The single baseline, high precision interferometer will be able to observe a translating, artificial star at a distance of 10.74 meters with 5 μ as accuracy. The MAM testbed consists of an artificial star, laser metrology and a high precision interferometer. This paper addresses the design and characteristics of the interferometer. The interferometer functions include both angle- and optical-path tracking. The optics are arranged to from dispersed fringes in a channeled spectrum on a charge coupled device and a true white-light fringe on an avalanche photodiode, while at the same time producing guide spots for angle tracking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317183
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew E. Carlson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart B. Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Randall D. Bartos, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steven L. Azevedo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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

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