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The Nulltimate project: building and testing, at low temperature, achromatic phase shifters to prepare the Darwin mission
Author(s): Alain Labeque; Bruno Chazelas; Frank Brachet; Christian Commeaux; Philippe Blache; Alain Leger; Marc Ollivier; Thierry Lepine; Claude Valette
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Paper Abstract

In the context of the Darwin mission, aiming to detect terrestrial extrasolar planets, European Space Administration (ESA) has an R&D program trying to solve the crucial problems, like flotilla spacecraft control, optical spatial filtering, etc... One of the key optical devices of this mission will be Achromatic Phase Shifter (APS) able to accurately provide a 180° phase shift in the IR 6 - 18 microns range. The Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (IAS) is leading, in the frame of an ESA granted contract, an European consortium of 9 universities and companies, named Nulltimate, aiming to develop and test three different APS. IAS itself is in charge of the cryogenic test bench facility which is presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550910
Show Author Affiliations
Alain Labeque, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Bruno Chazelas, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Frank Brachet, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Christian Commeaux, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Philippe Blache, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Alain Leger, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Marc Ollivier, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Thierry Lepine, Ecole Superieure d'Optique (France)
Claude Valette, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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