Infrared adaptive optics system for the 6.5 m MMT: System status and prototype results

Michael Lloyd-Hart, James Roger P. Angel, David G. Sandler, Todd K. Barrett, Patrick C. McGuire, Troy A. Rhoadarmer, Donald G. Bruns, Stephen M. Miller, Donald W. McCarthy, Matthew Cheselka

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The Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) is now being replaced by a single 6.5m telescope which will have an integral adaptive optics system optimized for near IR operation. We illustrate key results obtained with low-order adaptive optics at the MMT and report on progress on the major components of the system for the new telescope. We also give a brief update on the status of the telescope itself. First light for the adaptive system is expected in mid 1999.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-93
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
EventAdaptive Optical System Technologies - Kona, HI, United States
Duration: Mar 23 1998Mar 23 1998


  • Adaptive optics
  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Laser guide stars
  • Telescopes

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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