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The LINC-NIRVANA Fizeau interferometric imager: final lab integration, first light experiments and challenges
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Paper Abstract

LINC-NIRVANA (LN) is an innovative Fizeau interferometric imager for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). LN uses Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics (MCAO) for high-sky-coverage single-eye imagery and interferometric beam combination. The last two years have seen both successes and challenges. On the one hand, final integration is proceeding well in the lab. We also achieved First Light at the LBT with the Pathfinder experiment. On the other hand, funding constraints have forced a significant re-planning of the overall instrument implementation. These laboratory, observatory, and financial “events” provide lessons for builders of complex interferometric instruments on large telescopes. This paper presents our progress and plans for bringing the instrument online at the telescope.

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Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91460I (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055495
Show Author Affiliations
T. M. Herbst, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
R. Ragazzoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Eckart, Univ. zu Köln (Germany)
G. Weigelt, Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9146:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV
Jayadev K. Rajagopal; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Fabien Malbet, Editor(s)

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