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Solar viewing interferometer prototype
Author(s): Richard G. Lyon; Jay R. Herman; Nader Abuhassan; Catherine Trout Marx; Semion Kizhner; Julie Crooke; Ronald W. Toland; Albert Mariano; Cheryl Salerno; Gary Brown; Tony Cazeau; Peter P. Petrone; Billy Mamakos; Severine C. Tournois
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Paper Abstract

The Earth Atmospheric Solar-Occultation Imager (EASI) is a proposed interferometer with 5 telescopes on an 8-meter boom in a 1D Fizeau configuration. Placed at the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point, EASI would perform absorption spectroscopy of the Earth’s atmosphere occulting the Sun. Fizeau interferometers give spatial resolution comparable to a filled aperture but lower collecting area. Even with the small collecting area the high solar flux requires most of the energy to be reflected back to space. EASI will require closed loop control of the optics to compensate for spacecraft and instrument motions, thermal and structural transients and pointing jitter. The Solar Viewing Interferometry Prototype (SVIP) is a prototype ground instrument to study the needed wavefront control methods. SVIP consists of three 10 cm aperture telescopes, in a linear configuration, on a 1.2-meter boom that will estimate atmospheric abundances of O2, H2O, CO2, and CH4 versus altitude and azimuth in the 1.25 - 1.73 micron band. SVIP measures the Greenhouse Gas absorption while looking at the sun, and uses solar granulation to deduce piston, tip and tilt misalignments from atmospheric turbulence and the instrument structure. Tip/tilt sensors determine relative/absolute telescope pointing and operate from 0.43 - 0.48 microns to maximize contrast. Two piston sensors, using a robust variation of dispersed fringes, determine piston shifts between the baselines and operate from 0.5 - 0.73 microns. All sensors are sampled at 800 Hz and processed with a DSP computer and fed back at 200 Hz (3 dB) to the active optics. A 4 Hz error signal is also fed back to the tracking platform. Optical performance will be maintained to better than λ/8 rms in closed-loop.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552237
Show Author Affiliations
Richard G. Lyon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jay R. Herman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Nader Abuhassan, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Catherine Trout Marx, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Semion Kizhner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Julie Crooke, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ronald W. Toland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Albert Mariano, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Cheryl Salerno, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gary Brown, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tony Cazeau, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter P. Petrone, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Billy Mamakos, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Severine C. Tournois, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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