9 July 2018 Implementation of an intensity interferometry system on the StarBase observatory
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A modern implementation of a stellar intensity interferometry (SII) system on an array of large optical telescopes would be a highly valuable complement to the current generation of optical amplitude interferometers. The SII technique allows for observations at short optical wavelengths (U/B/V bands) with potentially dense (u,v) plane coverage. We describe a complete SII system that is used to measure the spatial coherence of a laboratory source which exhibits signal to noise ratios comparable to actual stellar sources. A novel analysis method, based on the correlation measurements between orthogonal polarization states, was developed to remove unwanted effects of spurious correlations. Our system is currently being tested in night sky observations at the StarBase Observatory (Grantsville, Utah) and will soon be ported to the VERITAS (Amado, AZ) telescopes. The system can readily be integrated with current optical telescopes at minimal cost. The work here serves as a technological pathfinder for implementing SII on the future Cherenkov Telescope Array.
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Nolan Matthews, Nolan Matthews, Orville Clarke, Orville Clarke, Shaun Snow, Shaun Snow, Stephan LeBohec, Stephan LeBohec, David Kieda, David Kieda, } "Implementation of an intensity interferometry system on the StarBase observatory ", Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 107010W (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312716; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312716
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