Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer: The universal beam combiner

Philip M Hinz, Tom Connors, Tom McMahon, Andrew Cheng, Chien Y. Peng, William F. Hoffmann, Donald W Mccarthy, J Roger P Angel

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Abstract

The Large Binocular Telescope with its single mount design and adaptive optics integrated into the secondary mirrors, I provides a unique platform for mid-infrared interferometry. The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer is designed to take advantage of this platform, specifically for extrasolar planet detection in preparation for the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission. The instrument consists of three components: a general purpose or Universal Beam Combiner (UBC) which preserves the sine condition of the array, a nulling interferometer for the LBT (NIL) to overlap the two beams and sense phase variations, and a milling-optimized mid-infrared camera (NOMIC) for detection of the final images. Here we focus on the design and tolerancing of the UBC. The components of the system are currently being fabricated and the instrument is planned to be integrated with the LBT in 2006.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsW.A. Traub
Pages787-797
Number of pages11
Volume5491
EditionPART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
EventNew Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004

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OtherNew Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period6/21/046/25/04

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Binoculars
Telescopes
Interferometers
interferometers
Extrasolar planets
telescopes
Infrared radiation
Adaptive optics
Planets
platforms
Interferometry
planet detection
terrestrial planets
Cameras
adaptive optics
interferometry
cameras
optics
mirrors
preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Hinz, P. M., Connors, T., McMahon, T., Cheng, A., Peng, C. Y., Hoffmann, W. F., ... Angel, J. R. P. (2004). Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer: The universal beam combiner. In W. A. Traub (Ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (PART 2 ed., Vol. 5491, pp. 787-797). [88] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552337

Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer : The universal beam combiner. / Hinz, Philip M; Connors, Tom; McMahon, Tom; Cheng, Andrew; Peng, Chien Y.; Hoffmann, William F.; Mccarthy, Donald W; Angel, J Roger P.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / W.A. Traub. Vol. 5491 PART 2. ed. 2004. p. 787-797 88.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Hinz, PM, Connors, T, McMahon, T, Cheng, A, Peng, CY, Hoffmann, WF, Mccarthy, DW & Angel, JRP 2004, Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer: The universal beam combiner. in WA Traub (ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. PART 2 edn, vol. 5491, 88, pp. 787-797, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 6/21/04. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552337
Hinz PM, Connors T, McMahon T, Cheng A, Peng CY, Hoffmann WF et al. Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer: The universal beam combiner. In Traub WA, editor, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. PART 2 ed. Vol. 5491. 2004. p. 787-797. 88 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.552337
Hinz, Philip M ; Connors, Tom ; McMahon, Tom ; Cheng, Andrew ; Peng, Chien Y. ; Hoffmann, William F. ; Mccarthy, Donald W ; Angel, J Roger P. / Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer : The universal beam combiner. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / W.A. Traub. Vol. 5491 PART 2. ed. 2004. pp. 787-797
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