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Beam combination with a large number of apertures
Author(s): D. Mozurkewich
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Paper Abstract

The design of a space-based interferometer with a large number of apertures has been a subject of much discussion. In this paper, we argue in favor of using a Michelson beam combiner for the case where a small field of view is acceptable. We address the normal criticism that a Michelson combiner is too complicated by presenting an optical design for a 90-aperture, laboratory prototype. Coupling this device to a large, ground-based telescope with a coherent fiber array forms an imaging system that is a significant improvement over aperture masking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70132D (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788328
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D. Mozurkewich, Seabrook Engineering (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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