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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 44, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2005
  • pp: 1355–1359

Holographic correction and phasing of large sparse-array telescopes

Geoff Andersen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 8, pp. 1355-1359 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.001355


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Abstract

I have constructed a 13m-diameter telescope using separate, low-quality spherical primary mirror segments. A single hologram of the mirrors is used to correct the random surface distortions as well as spherical aberration, while simultaneously phasing the individual apertures together. I present experimental results of the removal of an error of thousands of waves to produce a diffraction-limited instrument operating over a narrow bandwidth. This technique promises to have many benefits in future space-based telescopes for imaging, lidar, and optical communications.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(090.1000) Holography : Aberration compensation
(110.5100) Imaging systems : Phased-array imaging systems
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 26, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 1, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2004
Published: March 10, 2005

Citation
Geoff Andersen, "Holographic correction and phasing of large sparse-array telescopes," Appl. Opt. 44, 1355-1359 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-8-1355

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