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JouFLU: upgrades to the fiber linked unit for optical recombination (FLUOR) interferometric beam combiner.
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Paper Abstract

The Fiber Linked Unit for Optical Recombination (FLUOR) is a precision interferometric beam combiner operating at the CHARA Array on Mt. Wilson, CA. It has recently been upgraded as part of a mission known as “Jouvence of FLUOR” or JouFLU. As part of this program JouFLU has new mechanic stages and optical payloads, new alignment systems, and new command/control software. Furthermore, new capabilities have been implemented such as a Fourier Transform Spectrograph (FTS) mode and spectral dispersion mode. These upgrades provide new capabilities to JouFLU as well as improving statistical precision and increasing observing efficiency. With these new systems, measurements of interferometric visibility to the level of 0.1% precision are expected on targets as faint as 6th magnitude in the K band. Here we detail the upgrades of JouFLU and report on its current status.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9146, Optical and Infrared Interferometry IV, 91461A (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057129
Show Author Affiliations
N. J. Scott, CHARA, Mount Wilson Observatory (United States)
E. Lhomé, LESIA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris (France)
T. A. ten Brummelaar, CHARA, Mount Wilson Observatory (United States)
V. Coudé du Foresto, LESIA, CNRS, Observatoire de Paris (France)
Berner Fachhochschule (Switzerland)
R. Millan-Gabet, California Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Sturmann, CHARA, Mount Wilson Observatory (United States)
L. Sturmann, CHARA, Mount Wilson Observatory (United States)

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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