Accession Number:

ADA415904

Title:

Adaptive Optics, LLLFT Interferometry, Astronomy

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 Feb 1998-14 Mar 2002

Corporate Author:

PUERTO RICO UNIV RIO PIEDRAS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-03-14

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

We propose to build a three telescope Michelson optical interferometer equipped with wavefront compensation technology as a demonstration and test bed for high resolution Deep Space Surveillance DSS and Astronomy. Each telescope will have a liquid crystal LC Adaptive Optics AO phase retarder capable of providing diffraction or near diffraction limited operation. We will combine the wavefronts from the three telescopes using a conventional beam recombination system and acquire and track the fringes formed with a Low Light Level Fringe Tracking system LLLFT. The telescopes, fringe tracker. a photon counting Baker camera, and LC devices and associated wavefront sensors are novel ideas currently under development at the USAFs Phillips Laboratory PL for DSS and theft combination should yield a state-of-the-art system equal or superior in performance to the best of the current generation of AO and Interferometric systems but for a few percent of the cost.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE