4 August 2016 SCSI: the Southern Connecticut Stellar Interferometer
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The construction of a new prototype visible-light intensity interferometer for use in stellar astronomy is described. The instrument is located in New Haven, Connecticut, at Southern Connecticut State University, but key components of the system are also portable and have been taken to existing research-class telescopes to maximize sensitivity and baseline. The interferometer is currently a two-station instrument, but it is easily expandable to several stations for simultaneous measurement using multiple baselines. The design features single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) arrays, which increase the throughput and signal-to-noise ratio of the instrument. Predicted system performance and preliminary observations will be discussed.
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Elliott P. Horch, Samuel A. Weiss, Justin D. Rupert, Alex J. DiMaio, Daniel A. Nusdeo, Pietro Peronio, Ivan Rech, Angelo Gulinatti, Andrea Giudice, "SCSI: the Southern Connecticut Stellar Interferometer", Proc. SPIE 9907, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging V, 99071W (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232659; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232659
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