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Wide-field imaging interferometry testbed II: implementation, performance, and plans
Author(s): Stephen A. Rinehart; Brad J. Frey; David T. Leisawitz; Douglas B. Leviton; Anthony J. Martino; William L. Maynard; Lee G. Mundy; Stacy H. Teng; Xiaolei Zhang
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Paper Abstract

The Wide-Field Imaging Interferometry Testbed (WIIT) will provide valuable information for the development of space-based interferometers. This laboratory instrument operates at optical wavelengths and provides the ability to test operational algorithms and techniques for data reduction of interferometric data. Here we present some details of the system design and implementation, discuss the overall performance of the system to date, and present our plans for future development of WIIT. In order to make best use of the interferometric data obtained with this system, it is critical to limit uncertainties within the system and to accurately understand possible sources of error. The WIIT design addresses these criteria through a number of ancillary systems. The use of redundant metrology systems is one of the most important features of WIIT, and provides knowledge of the delay line position to better than 10 nm. A light power detector is used to monitor the brightness of our light sources to ensure that small fluctuations in brightness do not affect overall performance. We have placed temperature sensors on critical components of the instrument, and on the optical table, in order to assess environmental effects on the system. The use of these systems provides us with estimates of the overall system uncertainty, and allows an overall characterization of the results to date. These estimates allow us to proceed forward with WIIT, adding rotation stages for 2-D interferometry. In addition, they suggest possible avenues for system improvement. The possibility exists to place WIIT inside an environmentally controlled chamber within the Diffraction Grating Evaluation Facility (DGEF) at Goddard in order to provide maximum control over environmental conditions. Funding for WIIT is provided by NASA Headquarters through the ROSS/SARA Program and by the Goddard Space Flight Center through the IR&D Program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460705
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
National Research Council (United States)
Brad J. Frey, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David T. Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Douglas B. Leviton, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony J. Martino, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
William L. Maynard, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lee G. Mundy, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Stacy H. Teng, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Xiaolei Zhang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Science Systems and Applications Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4852:
Interferometry in Space
Michael Shao, Editor(s)

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