28 July 2008 MROI's automated alignment system
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The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI) will be a reconfigurable (7.5-345 meter baselines) 10 element optical/near-infrared imaging interferometer. Depending on the location of each unit telescope (UT), light can travel distances ranging from 460 to 660 meters via several reflections that redirect the beam's path through the beam relay trains, delay lines (DL), beam reducing telescope (BCR), switchyards and finally to the beam combiners (BC). All of these sub-systems comprise three major optical axes of the MROI to be coaligned on a nightly basis by the alignment system. One major obstacle in designing the automated alignment system (AAS) is the required simultaneous measurements from the visible through near-IR wavelengths. Another difficulty is making it fully automated, which has not been accomplished at other optical/near-IR interferometers. The conceptual design of this system has been completed and is currently in its preliminary design phase. Prototyping has also commenced with designs of some hardware near completion. Here is presented the current outline and progress of MROI's automated alignment system design and some results of the prototyping.
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A. V. Shtromberg, A. V. Shtromberg, C. A. Jurgenson, C. A. Jurgenson, D. F. Buscher, D. F. Buscher, C. A. Haniff, C. A. Haniff, J. S. Young, J. S. Young, F. G. Santoro, F. G. Santoro, M. T. Paz, M. T. Paz, J. M. Steenson, J. M. Steenson, L. Berger, L. Berger, } "MROI's automated alignment system", Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70133H (28 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790035; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790035
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