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Development of a fringe sensor based on 3x3 fiber optic coupler for space interferometry
Author(s): L. K. Cheng; R. Koops; A. Wielders; W. Ubachs
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Paper Abstract

Large stellar telescope is indispensable for astronomy. Aperture synthesis is a well-known technique to simulate a large space telescope by an array of small telescopes. Condition for aperture synthesis is that the light of the telescopes have to be combined coherently. Therefore, an interferometric Fringe Sensor (FS) to detect and stabilize the Optical Path Difference (OPD) between light from the different telescopes is required. TNO TPD develops a Fringe Sensor based on a 3x3 Fiber Optic (FO) coupler. A breadboard demonstrator operating around 830 nm is built. A piezo stretcher and a translation stage is used to generate the OPD. High-speed sub-nm OPD measurement is demonstrated. The influence of the visibility V of the interferometric signal is also investigated. Even for V=0.2, an OPD modulation of 0.4 nm can still be detected.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5855, 17th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors, (23 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.623730
Show Author Affiliations
L. K. Cheng, TNO TPD (Netherlands)
R. Koops, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands)
A. Wielders, TNO TPD (Netherlands)
W. Ubachs, Vrije Univ. Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5855:
17th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors
Marc Voet; Reinhardt Willsch; Wolfgang Ecke; Julian Jones; Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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