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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2007
  • pp: 834–844

MAFL experiment: development of photonic devices for a space-based multiaperture fiber-linked interferometer

Serge Olivier, Laurent Delage, Francois Reynaud, Virginie Collomb, Michel Trouillon, Jerome Grelin, Isabelle Schanen, Vincent Minier, Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Cyril Ruilier, and Bruno Leone  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 6, pp. 834-844 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.000834


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Abstract

We present a three-telescope space-based interferometer prototype dedicated to high-resolution imaging. This project, named multiaperture fiber-linked interferometer (MAFL), was founded by the European Space Agency. The aim of the MAFL project is to propose, design, and implement for the first time to the best of our knowledge all the optical functions required for the global instrument on the same integrated optics (IO) component for controlling a three-arm interferometer and to obtain reliable science data. The coherent transport from telescopes to the IO component is achieved by means of highly birefringent optical fiber. The laboratory bench is presented, and the results arereported allowing us to validate the optical potentiality of the IO component in this frame. The validation measurements consist of the throughput of this optical device, the performances of metrological servoloop, and the instrumental contrasts and phase closure of the science fringes.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(070.6110) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial filtering
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

ToC Category:
Interferometry

History
Original Manuscript: March 16, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 20, 2006
Published: February 2, 2007

Citation
Serge Olivier, Laurent Delage, Francois Reynaud, Virginie Collomb, Michel Trouillon, Jerome Grelin, Isabelle Schanen, Vincent Minier, Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, Cyril Ruilier, and Bruno Leone, "MAFL experiment: development of photonic devices for a space-based multiaperture fiber-linked interferometer," Appl. Opt. 46, 834-844 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-6-834


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