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Paper Abstract

The CHARA array achieved first fringes late last year and is currently being expanded on Mount Wilson CA. This presentation is a follow on from the overview given by Hal McAlister and will give more technical detail on the optical systems, with a focus on the telescopes, the delay lines, the control system, and the beam combining scheme. Combining more than three beams is not a simple problem with no obvious best solution, and we have by no means locked ourselves into a particular design. Preliminary designs will be shown, the first beam combiner will also be discussed along with our plans for future development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390254
Show Author Affiliations
Theo Armand ten Brummelaar, CHARA (United States)
William G. Bagnuolo Jr., CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Harold A. McAlister, CHARA/Georgia State Univ. (United States)
Stephen T. Ridgway, National Optical Astronomy Observatories (United States)
Laszlo Sturmann, CHARA (United States)
Judit Sturmann, CHARA (United States)
Nils Henning Turner, Mount Wilson Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4006:
Interferometry in Optical Astronomy
Pierre J. Lena; Andreas Quirrenbach, Editor(s)

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