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Fringe tracking at the MROI
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Paper Abstract

We report on the opto-mechanical design of the MROI fringe tracker. This instrument, currently under development in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, will be a dedicated fringe tracking beam combiner and spectrographs. I will utilize the "Y" geometry of the array to stabilize fringes on shorter "nearest neighbor" baselines, and thus allow for increased integration times on the longer baselines and the buildup of signal to noise. The beam combiner has been designed to accommodate light from a maximum of ten telescopes (three in each array arm, one at the "Y" vertex), but can operate with fewer without having to change the overall layout. A single spectrograph will multiplex up to five nearest neighbor combinations onto a single detector. Identical spectrographs are located at opposite sides of the combiner outputs to simultaneously sample combination pairs that are Π radians out of phase with respect to one another.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70131C (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788223
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C. A. Jurgenson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
F. G. Santoro, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
F. Baron, Univ. of Cambridge, Cavendish Lab. (United Kingdom)
K. McCord, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
E. K. Block, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
D. F. Buscher, Univ. of Cambridge, Cavendish Lab. (United Kingdom)
C. A. Haniff, Univ. of Cambridge, Cavendish Lab. (United Kingdom)
J. S. Young, Univ. of Cambridge, Cavendish Lab. (United Kingdom)
T. A. Coleman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
M. J. Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7013:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry
Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi; Françoise Delplancke, Editor(s)

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