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nEUCLID: a new homodyne interferometer with space applications

Bradshaw, Miranda (2015)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The objective of this project was to design a low-mass, low-power interferometer to be used for space applications. It had to be capable of remaining tilt-immune whilst working at a distance of at least 1 m.

This thesis describes the design and subsequent building of a 1550 run homodyne interferometer. Known as nEUCLID, it has a working distance of 660 mm and a working range of± 120 mm. These large distances are made possible by the novel cat's eye design within the interferometer, which also allows tilt immunity of± 0.35° of the target mirror (at the sweet plane). The thesis explains in detail the theory and design of the cat's eye, known as a PCE in the text.

The interferometer, nEUCLID, has a sensitivity of 420 pm/√Hz, at 1 Hz in air, tested at the working distance of the current design. It has a mass of 2 kg and an overall power of 1.8 W. Both of these values are due to using standard, off-the-shelf components in the design, and could be reduced with further development.

Within this thesis ground-based and space-based applications for nEUCLID within the space industry are discussed and compared with existing technologies.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Speake, Clive C.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Physics and Astronomy
Additional Information:

Publication resulting from research:

Speake, Clive C., and Miranda J. Bradshaw. "Pseudo-cat’s eye for improved tilt-immune interferometry." Applied optics 54.24 (2015): 7387-7395.

Subjects:QC Physics
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:6355
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