20 October 2004 Accuracy of the VLTI optical alignment
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Abstract
Since mid 2002, the complete optical trains of the four 8m Unit Telescopes (UT) are installed and aligned to provide the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) with a unique choice of beam combination possibilities [1]. A description of the optical alignment method used and of the final image quality has been given in [2]. We describe in this document the analytical approach used to quantify the geometrical alignment errors not only at the end of the optical train but also at each optical subsystem level.
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Stephane Guisard, Stephane Guisard, } "Accuracy of the VLTI optical alignment", Proc. SPIE 5491, New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.563171; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.563171
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