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Final results of the PERSEE experiment
Author(s): J. M. Le Duigou; J. Lozi; F. Cassaing; K. Houairi; B. Sorrente; J. Montri; S. Jacquinod; J.-M. Reess; L. Pham; E. Lhome; T. Buey; F. Hénault; A. Marcotto; P. Girard; N. Mauclert; M. Barillot; V. Coudé du Foresto; M. Ollivier
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Paper Abstract

The PERSEE breadboard, developed by a consortium including CNES, IAS, LESIA, OCA, ONERA and TAS since 2005, is a nulling demonstrator that couples an infrared nulling interferometer with a formation flying simulator able to introduce realistic disturbances in the set-up. The general idea is to prove that an adequate optical design can considerably relax the constraints applying at the spacecrafts level of a future interferometric space mission like Darwin/TPF or one of its precursors. The breadboard is now fully operational and the measurements sequences are managed from a remote control room using automatic procedures. A set of excellent results were obtained in 2011. The measured polychromatic nulling depth with non polarized light is 8.8 10-6 stabilized at 9 10-8 in the 1.65-2.45 μm spectral band (37 % bandwidth) during 100 s. This result was extended to a 7h duration thanks to an automatic calibration process. The various contributors are identified and the nulling budget is now well mastered. We also proved that harmonic disturbances in the 1-100 Hz up to several ten’s of nm rms can be very efficiently corrected by a Linear Quadratic Control (LQG) if a sufficient flux is available. These results are important contributions to the feasibility of a future space based nulling interferometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8445, Optical and Infrared Interferometry III, 844525 (12 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925350
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J. M. Le Duigou, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
J. Lozi, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
ONERA (France)
F. Cassaing, ONERA (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
K. Houairi, ONERA (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
B. Sorrente, ONERA (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
J. Montri, ONERA (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
S. Jacquinod, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale d’ORSAY (France)
J.-M. Reess, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
L. Pham, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
E. Lhome, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique PHASE (France)
T. Buey, Observatoire de Paris (France)
F. Hénault, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
A. Marcotto, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
P. Girard, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
N. Mauclert, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (France)
M. Barillot, Thalès Alénia Space (France)
V. Coudé du Foresto, LESIA - Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ. Paris-Diderot (France)
M. Ollivier, Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale d’ORSAY (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8445:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry III
Françoise Delplancke; Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Fabien Malbet, Editor(s)

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