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28 July 2008 Simultaneous observation of two stars using the PRIMA Star Separator
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ESO is building the Phase Referenced Imaging and Microarcsecond Astronomy (PRIMA) facility for the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in Chile. PRIMA will enable interferometric imaging of very faint objects and high precision astrometry with both Unit (UT) and Auxiliary (AT) telescopes. The PRIMA facility consists of four major sub systems: Star Separators, Differential Delay Lines, Metrology and Fringe Sensor Units. TNO has developed the PRIMA Star Separator (STS) subsystems for both the UT and AT telescopes. The STS separates the light of two astronomical objects and feeds it into the long stroke delay line. The STS compensates for field rotation, stabilizes the beam tip tilt and adjust the lateral and axial alignment of the pupil. Chopping and/or counter-chopping on the science object or the guide star has also been implemented.
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J. Nijenhuis D.V.M., H. Visser, H. de Man, B. Dekker, J. Mekking, and F. Kamphues "Simultaneous observation of two stars using the PRIMA Star Separator", Proc. SPIE 7013, Optical and Infrared Interferometry, 70133F (28 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.789943
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