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Simulations of a long-baseline interferometer with adaptive optics
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Paper Abstract

Simulation results of a long-baseline optical interferometer with adaptive optics are presented in this paper. Long-baseline optical interferometers have become useful tools for obtaining detailed stellar information and high-resolution images in the astronomy community. Several interferometric systems have been implemented successfully without adaptive optics; however, adaptive optical systems may be needed for a new generation of long-baseline interferometers with large telescopes such as those being developed for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO). A long-baseline optical interferometer in the turbulent atmosphere is modeled first, then an optical interferometer with an adaptive optics system (AOS) is modeled and the resulting fringe patterns for different input turbulence scales are interpreted. Finally, the performance of a long baseline optical interferometer with and without an AOS is carefully evaluated and recommendations are made for the implementation of adaptive optics in the 1.5-meter MRO telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 December 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5169, Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications, (24 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.503492
Show Author Affiliations
Chueh Ting, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Michael K. Giles, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
David Voelz, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5169:
Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications
Robert K. Tyson; Michael Lloyd-Hart, Editor(s)

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