Michigan Infrared Combiner (MIRC): commissioning results at the CHARA Array

John D. Monnier, Ettore Pedretti, Nathalie Thureau, Jean-Philippe Berger, Rafael Millan-Gabet, Theo ten Brummelaar, Harold McAlister, Judit Sturmann, Lazlo Sturmann, Phil Muirhead, Ajay Tannirkulam, Scott Webster, Ming Zhao

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Abstract

The Michigan Infrared Combiner (MIRC) has been designed for two primary goals: 1) imaging with all six CHARA telescopes simultaneously in the near-infrared, 2) direct detection of "hot Jupiter" exoplanets using precision closure phases. In September 2005, MIRC was commissioned on-sky at the CHARA Array on Mt. Wilson, CA, successfully combining light from 4 telescopes simultaneously. After a brief overview of MIRC features and design philosophy, we provide detailed description of key components and present results of laboratory tests. Lastly, we present first results from the commissioning run, focusing on engineering performance. We also present remarkable on-sky closure phase results from the first night of recorded data with the best-ever demonstrated closure phase stability and precision (¿¿ = 0.03 degrees).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55
JournalAdvances in Stellar Interferometry
Volume6268
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006

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    Monnier, J. D., Pedretti, E., Thureau, N., Berger, J-P., Millan-Gabet, R., ten Brummelaar, T., McAlister, H., Sturmann, J., Sturmann, L., Muirhead, P., Tannirkulam, A., Webster, S., & Zhao, M. (2006). Michigan Infrared Combiner (MIRC): commissioning results at the CHARA Array. Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 6268, 55. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2006SPIE.6268E..55M