Testing and alignment of the LBTI

Jihun Kim, Philip Hinz, Olivier Durney, Tom Connors, Manny Montoya, Christian Schwab

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3 Scopus citations


The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) has been developed and tested and is almost ready to be installed to LBT mount. In preparation for installation, testing of the beam combination and phasing of the system have been developed. The testing is currently in progress. The development of a telescope simulator for LBTI has allowed verification of phasing and alignment with a broad band source at 10 microns2. Vibration tests with the LBTI mounted to the LBT were carried out in July 2008, with both seismic accelerometers and an internal optical interferometric measurement. The results have allowed identification of potential vibration sources on the telescope. Plans for a Star Simulator that illuminates each LBT aperture at the prime focus with two artificial point sources derived from a single point source via fiber optics are presented. The Star Simulator will allow testing of LBTI with the telescope and the adaptive secondaries in particular. Testing with the Star Simulator will allow system level testing of LBTI on the telescope, without need to use on-sky time. Testing of the Star Simulator components are presented to verify readiness for use with the LBTI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry II
StatePublished - 2010
EventOptical and Infrared Interferometry II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2010Jul 2 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptical and Infrared Interferometry II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Alignment
  • Large binocular telescope
  • Star simulator
  • Vibration test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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