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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 8026–8035

Optical design of interferometric telescopes with wide fields of view

Erin E. Sabatke, James H. Burge, and Philip Hinz  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 31, pp. 8026-8035 (2006)

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The performance of wide-field multiple-aperture imaging systems is dominated by easily understood, low-order errors. Each aperture produces an individual image, each pair of apertures produces a set of fringes under a diffraction envelope, and the system bandwidth produces a coherence envelope. For wide-field imaging, each of these elements must be coincident in the image plane as the field angle changes. We explore the causes of image degradation, derive first-order rules for preserving image quality across field, and give an example design that enforces some of the rules to achieve a relatively wide-field interferometric imaging telescope.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics

Original Manuscript: March 8, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2006

Erin E. Sabatke, James H. Burge, and Philip Hinz, "Optical design of interferometric telescopes with wide fields of view," Appl. Opt. 45, 8026-8035 (2006)

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