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PERSEE, the dynamic nulling demonstrator: recent progress on the cophasing system

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K. Houairi

Office National d'Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiales (France) and Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France) and PHASE, ONERA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, and Univ. Denis Diderot Paris 7 (France)

F. Cassaing, B. Sorrente

Office National d'Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiales (France) and PHASE, ONERA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, and Univ. Denis Diderot Paris 7 (France)

J. M. Le Duigou

Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)

S. Jacquinod

Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Ctr. Univ. d'Orsay (France)

J. P. Amans

GEPI, Observatoire de Paris (France) and PHASE, ONERA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, and Univ. Denis Diderot Paris 7 (France)

Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70131W (July 14, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789113
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Spectral characterization of exo-planets can be made by nulling interferometers. In this context, several projects have been proposed such as DARWIN, FKSI, PEGASE and TPF, space-based, and ALADDIN, ground-based. To stabilize the beams with the required nanometric accuracy, a cophasing system is required, made of piston/tip/tilt actuators on each arm and piston/tip-tilt sensors. The demonstration of the feasibility of such a cophasing system is a central issue. In this goal, a laboratory breadboard named PERSEE is under integration. Main goals of PERSEE are the demonstration of a polychromatic null from 1.65 μm to 3.3 μm with a 10-4 rejection rate and a 10-5 stability despite the introduction of realistic perturbations, the study of the interfaces with formation-flying spacecrafts and the joint operation of the cophasing system with the nuller. We describe the principle of the cophasing system made by Onera, operating in the [0.8 - 1] μm (tip/tilt) and [0.8 - 1.5] μm (piston) spectral bands. Emphasis is put on the piston sensor and its close integration with the nuller.

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K. Houairi ; F. Cassaing ; J. M. Le Duigou ; B. Sorrente ; S. Jacquinod, et al.
"PERSEE, the dynamic nulling demonstrator: recent progress on the cophasing system", Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70131W (July 14, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.789113; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.789113


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