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Activity status and future plans for the Optical Laboratory of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand
Author(s): Christophe Buisset; Saran Poshyachinda; Boonrucksar Soonthornthum; Apirat Prasit; Mary Angelie Alagao; Piyamas Choochalerm; Weerapot Wanajaroen; Thierry Lepine; Yves Rabbia; Suparerk Aukkaravittayapun; Apichat Leckngam ; Griangsak Thummasorn ; Surin Ngernsujja; Anuphong Inpan; Pimon Kaewsamoet; Esther Lhospice; Panomsak Meemon; Pornapa Artsang; Kajpanya Suwansukho; Wichit Sirichote; Jitsupa Paenoi
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Paper Abstract

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) has developed since June 2014 an optical laboratory that comprises all the activities and facilities related to the research and development of new instruments in the following areas: telescope design, high dynamic and high resolution imaging systems and spectrographs. The facilities include ZEMAX and Solidwork software for design and simulation activities as well as an optical room with all the equipment required to develop optical setup with cutting-edge performance.

The current projects include: i) the development of a focal reducer for the 2.3 m Thai National Telescope (TNT), ii) the development of the Evanescent Wave Coronagraph dedicated to the high contrast observations of star close environment and iii) the development of low resolution spectrographs for the Thai National Telescope and for the 0.7 m telescopes of NARIT regional observatories. In each project, our activities start from the instrument optical and mechanical design to the simulation of the performance, the development of the prototype and finally to the final system integration, alignment and tests. Most of the mechanical parts are manufactured by using the facilities of NARIT precision mechanical workshop that includes a 3-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to machine the mechanical structures and a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to verify the dimensions.

In this paper, we give an overview of the optical laboratory activities and of the associated facilities. We also describe the objective of the current projects, present the specifications and the design of the instruments and establish the status of development and we present our future plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2018
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10714, Third International Conference on Photonics Solutions (ICPS2017), 1071407 (5 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2299493
Show Author Affiliations
Christophe Buisset, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Saran Poshyachinda, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Apirat Prasit, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Mary Angelie Alagao, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Piyamas Choochalerm, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Weerapot Wanajaroen, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Thierry Lepine, Institut d’Optique Graduate School (France)
Hubert Curien Lab., CNRS (France)
Yves Rabbia, Univ. de la Côte d’Azur, OCA, CNRS (France)
Suparerk Aukkaravittayapun, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Apichat Leckngam , National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Griangsak Thummasorn , National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Surin Ngernsujja, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Anuphong Inpan, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Pimon Kaewsamoet, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Esther Lhospice, National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Thailand)
Institut d’Optique Graduate School (France)
Panomsak Meemon, Suranaree Univ. of Technology (Thailand)
Pornapa Artsang, Suranaree Univ. of Technology (Thailand)
Kajpanya Suwansukho, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Thailand)
Wichit Sirichote, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Thailand)
Jitsupa Paenoi, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Thailand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10714:
Third International Conference on Photonics Solutions (ICPS2017)
Thawatchai Mayteevarunyoo, Editor(s)

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