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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 1998
  • pp: 8129–8130

Retroreflector Target for Co-aligning a Pair of Counter-propagating Optical Beams: Or How to Find a Star While Looking Down a Very Long Pipe

P.R. Lawson, D.M.A. Wilson, and R.C. Boysen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 34, pp. 8129-8130 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.008129


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Abstract

The use of a retroreflector is described for co-alignment of two optical beams that are collimated but propagating in opposite directions. This method is applicable to any optical system that requires precise pointing, such as laser-ranging and tracking systems. The application illustrated here is star acquisition in long-baseline stellar interferometry.

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P.R. Lawson, D.M.A. Wilson, and R.C. Boysen, "Retroreflector Target for Co-aligning a Pair of Counter-propagating Optical Beams: Or How to Find a Star While Looking Down a Very Long Pipe," Appl. Opt. 37, 8129-8130 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-34-8129


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