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Fringe Tracker for the VLTI Spectro-Imager

  • M. Gai (a1), D. F. Buscher (a2), L. Corcione (a1), S. Ligori (a1) and J. S. Young (a2)...

Abstract

Interferometry in the near IR aims at providing imaging resolution on the mas scale, and astrometry at the few μas level, from ground based infrastructures using current telescope technology. To take advantage of simultaneous combination of four to eight telescopes, an international consortium is proposing to ESO the development of the VLTI Spectro-Imager. One of the key sub-systems, to measure and correct the atmospheric perturbations relative to the beam phase, is the fringe tracker, aimed at providing the science combiner with long, stable observing conditions. The fringe tracker function in interferometer is equivalent to adaptive optics for conventional telescopes. The fringe tracker concept under study, using minimum redundancy combination and bulk optics, is described.

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Malbet, F. et al. 2006, Proc. SPIE 6268, 62680Y
Basden, A. G. & Buscher, D. F. 2005, MNRAS 357, 656
Gai, M. et al. 2004, Proc. SPIE 5491, 528
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