nEUCLID: a new homodyne interferometer with space applications

Bradshaw, Miranda (2015). nEUCLID: a new homodyne interferometer with space applications. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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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: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics


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