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28 July 2008 SIM PlanetQuest spectral calibration development unit beam combiner
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The beam combiner of an astronomical long-baseline interferometer combines the two beams of starlight to form white-light fringes. We describe beam combiner in the SIM PlanetQuest Spectral Calibration Development Unit (SCDU). In addition to forming white light fringes, the beam combiner provides other functions such as separating the light for guiding, fringe tracking, and science measurement. It is designed to function over the optical bandpass 450-950 nm. Coating design is critical to beam combiner as residual dispersion and mismatches affect the ability to accurately measure the position of stars of varying spectral types.
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Hong Tang "SIM PlanetQuest spectral calibration development unit beam combiner", Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70134Y (28 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.790533
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