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SCSI: the Southern Connecticut Stellar Interferometer
Author(s): Elliott P. Horch; Samuel A. Weiss; Justin D. Rupert; Alex J. DiMaio; Daniel A. Nusdeo; Pietro Peronio; Ivan Rech; Angelo Gulinatti; Andrea Giudice
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Paper Abstract

The construction of a new prototype visible-light intensity interferometer for use in stellar astronomy is described. The instrument is located in New Haven, Connecticut, at Southern Connecticut State University, but key components of the system are also portable and have been taken to existing research-class telescopes to maximize sensitivity and baseline. The interferometer is currently a two-station instrument, but it is easily expandable to several stations for simultaneous measurement using multiple baselines. The design features single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) arrays, which increase the throughput and signal-to-noise ratio of the instrument. Predicted system performance and preliminary observations will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9907, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V, 99071W (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232659
Show Author Affiliations
Elliott P. Horch, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Samuel A. Weiss, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Justin D. Rupert, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Alex J. DiMaio, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Daniel A. Nusdeo, Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Pietro Peronio, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Ivan Rech, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Angelo Gulinatti, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Andrea Giudice, Micro Photon Devices (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9907:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V
Fabien Malbet; Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill, Editor(s)

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