Co-phasing the Large Binocular Telescope: Status and performance of LBTI/PHASECam

D. Defrère, P. Hinz, E. Downey, D. Ashby, V. Bailey, G. Brusa, J. Christou, W. C. Danchi, P. Grenz, J. M. Hill, W. F. Hoffmann, J. Leisenring, J. Lozi, T. McMahon, B. Mennesson, R. Millan-Gabet, M. Montoya, K. Powell, A. Skemer, V. VaitheeswaranA. Vaz, C. Veillet

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The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer is a NASA-funded nulling and imaging instrument designed to coherently combine the two 8.4-m primary mirrors of the LBT for high-sensitivity, high-contrast, and highresolution infrared imaging (1.5-13 μm). PHASECam is LBTI's near-infrared camera used to measure tip-tilt and phase variations between the two AO-corrected apertures and provide high-angular resolution observations. We report on the status of the system and describe its on-sky performance measured during the first semester of 2014. With a spatial resolution equivalent to that of a 22.8-meter telescope and the light-gathering power of single 11.8-meter mirror, the co-phased LBT can be considered to be a forerunner of the next-generation extremely large telescopes (ELT).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry IV
EditorsJayadev K. Rajagopal, Michelle J. Creech-Eakman, Fabien Malbet
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496140
StatePublished - 2014
EventOptical and Infrared Interferometry IV - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 27 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherOptical and Infrared Interferometry IV


  • ELT
  • Fizeau imaging
  • Fringe tracking
  • Infrared interferometry
  • LBT
  • Nulling interferometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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