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The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: II. Characterization and calibration
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Paper Abstract

We discuss the procedure used to characterize the Wide-Field Imaging Interferometry Testbed (WIIT) components and system, including spectral transmission, throughput, wavefront quality, mechanical and thermal stability, and susceptibility to turbulence. The sources of uncertainty and visibility loss are identified and evaluated, and we briefly discuss measures taken to mitigate these effects. We further discuss calibration techniques which can be used to compensate for visibility loss factors, and describe the applicability of these calibration techniques to the future space-based far-IR interferometry missions SPIRIT (Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope) and SPECS (Submillimeter Probe of the Evolution of Cosmic Structure).

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552076
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Stephen A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Thomas Armstrong, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Bradley J. Frey, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jeff Kirk, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
David T. Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Douglas B. Leviton, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Luke W. Lobsinger, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard G. Lyon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony J. Martino, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Thomas A. Pauls, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Lee G. Mundy, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
E. Sears, Global Science and Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5491:
New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
Wesley A. Traub, Editor(s)

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