Self-phase-referencing interferometry with SUSI

Yitping Kok*, Michael J. Ireland, Peter G. Tuthill, J. Gordon Robertson, Benjamin A. Warrington, William J. Tango

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    Abstract

    The Sydney University Stellar Interferometer (SUSI) is being fitted with a new beam combiner, called the Micro-arcsecond University of Sydney Companion Astrometry instrument (MUSCA), for the purpose of high precision astrometry of bright binary stars. Operating in the visible wavelength regime where photon-counting and post-processing fringe tracking is possible, MUSCA will be used in tandem with SUSI's primary beam combiner, Precision Astronomical Visible Observations (PAVO), to record high spatial resolution fringes and thereby measure the separation of fringe packets of binary stars. With continued monitoring of stellar separation vectors at precisions in the tens of micro-arcseconds over timescales of years, it will be possible to search for the presence of gravitational perturbations in the orbital motion such as those expected from planetary mass objects in the system. This paper describes the first phase of the development, which includes the setup of the dual beam combiner system and the methodology applied to stabilize fringes of a star by means of self-phase-referencing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry III
    EditorsFrançoise Delplancke, Jayadev K. Rajagopal, Fabien Malbet
    Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
    PublisherSPIE
    Pages1-12
    Number of pages12
    Volume8445
    ISBN (Print)9780819491466
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventOptical and Infrared Interferometry III - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 1 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

    Other

    OtherOptical and Infrared Interferometry III
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period1/07/126/07/12

    Keywords

    • instrumentation: interferometers
    • techniques: interferometric
    • optical interferometry

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