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28 June 2006 An 8-telescope laboratory interferometric simulator for VSI-Vitruv
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This paper presents the experimental laboratory interferometer simulator implemented to prepare the VSI-Vitruv instrument. In its final phase, VSI-Vitruv will recombine up to 6 beams of the VLTI thanks to a set of planar Integrated Optics (IO) combiners. This simulator will be used to characterize the IO combiner concepts developed for VSI-Vitruv and will allow to optimize the system up to the data reduction and image reconstruction issues. The simulator consists of three sub-systems: a binary object simulator, a VLTI simulator presenting an array of 8 telescopes, the IO beam combiner and a low resolution spectro-imager. After a detailled presentation of the bench, we will present the first validation tests and the performances of the experiment. The characterizations of the combiners developped for VSI-Vitruv are presented in the accompanying paper (Benisty et al.,6268-89).
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L. Jocou, M. Benisty, J. P. Berger, K. Perraut, and P. Kern "An 8-telescope laboratory interferometric simulator for VSI-Vitruv", Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 626839 (28 June 2006);

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