Fiber characterization at fast focal ratios

Frederick G. Watson*, Percy Terry

*Corresponding author for this work

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A comprehensive test facility has been set up at the Royal Greenwich Observatory for the evaluation of fibers in astronomical applications. Particular emphasis is placed on the performance of fibers at the fast focal-ratios delivered by current prime-focus systems. Recent work carried out at the facility has included a series of experiments on image-scrambling in fibers, and results from these are highlighted in the paper. A probable mechanism for the observed effects is described. Finally, characterization tests on some less-conventional fibers are reported, and possibilities for future work outlines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFiber Optics in Astronomical Applications
EditorsSamuel C. Barden
Place of PublicationBellingham, WA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0819418293
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventFiber Optics in Astronomical Applications - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: 17 Apr 199517 Apr 1995

Publication series

NameProc. SPIE


OtherFiber Optics in Astronomical Applications
CityOrlando, FL, USA


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