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Experimental verification of dispersed fringe sensing as a segment-phasing technique using the Keck Telescope
Author(s): Fang Shi; Catherine M. Ohara; Gary Chanan; Mitchell Troy; David C. Redding
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Paper Abstract

Dispersed Fringe Sensing (DFS) is an efficient and robust method for coarse phasing of segmented primary mirrors (from a quarter of a wavelength up to the depth of focus of a single segment, typically several tens of microns). Unlike phasing techniques currently used for ground-based segmented telescopes, DFS does not require the use of edge sensors to sense changes in the relative heights of adjacent segments; this makes it particularly well-suited to the phasing of space-borne segmented telescopes, such as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). In this work we validate DFS by using it to measure the pistons of the segments of one of the Keck telescopes; the results agree with those of the Shack-Hartmann based phasing scheme currently in use at Keck to within 2% over a range of initial piston errors of ±16 μm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2004
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5489, Ground-based Telescopes, (28 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552407
Show Author Affiliations
Fang Shi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Catherine M. Ohara, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gary Chanan, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
Mitchell Troy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David C. Redding, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5489:
Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann, Editor(s)

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