5 March 2018 Activity status and future plans for the Optical Laboratory of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand
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Proceedings Volume 10714, Third International Conference on Photonics Solutions (ICPS2017); 1071407 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2299493
Event: Third International Conference on Photonic Solutions, 2017, Pattaya, Thailand
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) has developed since June 2014 an optical laboratory that comprises all the activities and facilities related to the research and development of new instruments in the following areas: telescope design, high dynamic and high resolution imaging systems and spectrographs. The facilities include ZEMAX and Solidwork software for design and simulation activities as well as an optical room with all the equipment required to develop optical setup with cutting-edge performance.

The current projects include: i) the development of a focal reducer for the 2.3 m Thai National Telescope (TNT), ii) the development of the Evanescent Wave Coronagraph dedicated to the high contrast observations of star close environment and iii) the development of low resolution spectrographs for the Thai National Telescope and for the 0.7 m telescopes of NARIT regional observatories. In each project, our activities start from the instrument optical and mechanical design to the simulation of the performance, the development of the prototype and finally to the final system integration, alignment and tests. Most of the mechanical parts are manufactured by using the facilities of NARIT precision mechanical workshop that includes a 3-axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) to machine the mechanical structures and a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) to verify the dimensions.

In this paper, we give an overview of the optical laboratory activities and of the associated facilities. We also describe the objective of the current projects, present the specifications and the design of the instruments and establish the status of development and we present our future plans.
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Christophe Buisset, Christophe Buisset, Saran Poshyachinda, Saran Poshyachinda, Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Apirat Prasit, Apirat Prasit, Mary Angelie Alagao, Mary Angelie Alagao, Piyamas Choochalerm, Piyamas Choochalerm, Weerapot Wanajaroen, Weerapot Wanajaroen, Thierry Lepine, Thierry Lepine, Yves Rabbia, Yves Rabbia, Suparerk Aukkaravittayapun, Suparerk Aukkaravittayapun, Apichat Leckngam , Apichat Leckngam , Griangsak Thummasorn , Griangsak Thummasorn , Surin Ngernsujja, Surin Ngernsujja, Anuphong Inpan, Anuphong Inpan, Pimon Kaewsamoet, Pimon Kaewsamoet, Esther Lhospice, Esther Lhospice, Panomsak Meemon, Panomsak Meemon, Pornapa Artsang, Pornapa Artsang, Kajpanya Suwansukho, Kajpanya Suwansukho, Wichit Sirichote, Wichit Sirichote, Jitsupa Paenoi, Jitsupa Paenoi, "Activity status and future plans for the Optical Laboratory of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand ", Proc. SPIE 10714, Third International Conference on Photonics Solutions (ICPS2017), 1071407 (5 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2299493; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2299493

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