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Solid telescopes for interferometric enhancement of existing telescopes
Author(s): Alberto Riva; Mario Gai
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a concept study for a simple and cost effective approach to upgrade of existing infrastructures. A conventional monolithic telescope can be endowed with a set of identical small telescopes combined coherently to enhance the resolution. The solid telescope represent a convenient solution for a simple and replicated small telescope. The solid telescope is intrinsically suited to be used in diffraction limited mode down to visible wavelengths. This may allow a viable dual feed mode for both guiding and phase referenced imaging. In this paper we analyze some of the critical engineering aspects and outline a possible implementation approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 84444K (27 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926115
Show Author Affiliations
Alberto Riva, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino (Italy)
Mario Gai, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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