1 September 2017 Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT) II: component systems update
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This work presents updates to the coronagraph and telescope components of the Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT). The project pairs an actively-controlled macro-scale segmented mirror with the Visible Nulling Coronagraph (VNC) towards demonstrating capabilities for the future space observatories needed to directly detect and characterize a significant sample of Earth-sized worlds around nearby stars in the quest for identifying those which may be habitable and possibly harbor life. Efforts to improve the VNC wavefront control optics and mechanisms towards repeating narrowband results are described. A narrative is provided for the design of new optical components aimed at enabling broadband performance. Initial work with the hardware and software interface for controlling the segmented telescope mirror is also presented.
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Brian A. Hicks, Brian A. Hicks, Matthew R. Bolcar, Matthew R. Bolcar, Michael A. Helmbrecht, Michael A. Helmbrecht, Peter Petrone, Peter Petrone, Elliot Burke, Elliot Burke, James Corsetti, James Corsetti, Thomas Dillon, Thomas Dillon, Andrew Lea, Andrew Lea, Samuel Pellicori, Samuel Pellicori, Teresa Sheets, Teresa Sheets, Ron Shiri, Ron Shiri, Jack Agolli, Jack Agolli, John DeVries, John DeVries, Andrew Eberhardt, Andrew Eberhardt, Tyler McCabe, Tyler McCabe, } "Segmented Aperture Interferometric Nulling Testbed (SAINT) II: component systems update", Proc. SPIE 10400, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VIII, 104001I (1 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2273905; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2273905
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