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An introduction to the Guide-2 telescope testbed for the SIM Planet Quest Light mission
Author(s): Inseob Hahn; J. Sandhu; M. Weilert; R. Smythe; F. Nicaise; B. Kang; F. Dekens; R. Goullioud
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Paper Abstract

The Space Interferometry Mission Light (SIM-Lite) is a new mission concept to perform a micro-arcsecond narrow-angle astrometry to search approximately 50 nearby stars for Earth-like planets, and to perform a global astrometry with an accuracy of six micro-arcsecond position and parallax measurements. The SIM-Lite consists of two Michelson interferometers and one telescope. The main six-meter baseline science interferometer observes a target star and a set of reference stars. The four-meter baseline interferometer (guide-1) monitors the attitude of the instrument in the direction of a target star. A Guide-2 telescope (G2T) tracks a bright star to monitor the attitude of the instrument in the other two orthogonal directions. To demonstrate the concept of the G2T, we have developed a testbed using brassboard optics built for the SIM project. The G2T testbed consists of a 35 cm siderostat, a beam compressor, and a fast steering mirror (FSM) in closed loop with a CCD based pointing sensor. A heterodyne laser angle metrology system is used to monitor angular positions of the FSM with required accuracy of 20 micro-arcsecond during SIM-Lite narrow-angle observation time. We present the concept of the testbed architecture and preliminary test results of the angular metrology (aMet) system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70134W (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789358
Show Author Affiliations
Inseob Hahn, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
J. Sandhu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. Weilert, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. Smythe, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
F. Nicaise, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
B. Kang, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
F. Dekens, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. Goullioud, Jet Propulsion Lab. (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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