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28 July 2008 Full integrated beam combiner instrument based on SWIFTS concept
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We present how photonics associated with new arising detection technologies is able to provide fully integrated instrument for interferometric beam combination. The feasibility and operation of on-chip beam combiners have been demonstrated now according to various combination schemes. More recently we have proposed a novel detection principle that allows to directly sample and extract the spectral information of the incoming optical signal together with the flux level measurement. The so-called SWIFTS concept that stands for Stationary-Wave Integrated Fourier Transform Spectrometer, is able to provide the full spectral and spatial information recorded simultaneously thanks to a motionless detecting device. Throughout the newly available detection principle that could be considered for SWIFTS implementation, some technologies are even able to provide photo-counting operation that may bring a significant extension of the astrophysical domain of investigation of interferometry. The proposed new concept is applicable either to a fringe tracker instrument with fast and sensitive capabilities, or to a dispersive instrument with high spectral resolution capabilities.
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Pierre Kern, Etienne Le Coärer, and Pierre Benech "Full integrated beam combiner instrument based on SWIFTS concept", Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 701315 (28 July 2008);

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