CHARA Michigan phase-tracker (CHAMP): design and fabrication

David H. Berger, John D. Monnier, Rafael Millan-Gabet, Theo A. ten Brummelaar, Philip Muirhead, Ettore Pedretti, Nathalie Thureau

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We present the design for a near-infrared (JHK) fringe tracker to be used at the CHARA Array, a long baseline optical interferometer located at Mount Wilson Observatory. The CHARA Michigan Phase-tracker (CHAMP) is being fabricated and tested at the University of Michigan and will be transported to the CHARA Array for general use. CHAMP is separate from the science combiners and can therefore be optimized for fringe tracking. It will modulate around fringe center by 1-2¿ at up to 500 Hz and calculate phase offsets in real-time using a modified 'ABCD' method . Six pair-wise Mach-Zehnder combiners will phase the entire Array. We give an overview of the optical layout and discuss our design strategy. Components such as the path-length modulators, low-OH fiber transport system, 1024x1024 HAWAII-1 detector, and control computer are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113
JournalAdvances in Stellar Interferometry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006


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