The 6.5 m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system

Overview and progress report II

Chris Shelton, Michael Lloyd-Hart, J Roger P Angel, David Sandler

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Abstract

We report on the development and testing of the adaptive optics system for the 6.5 m single-mirror telescope that replaces the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT). This system features an adaptive secondary mirror and other innovations intended to give diffraction-limited infrared imaging with full sky coverage and the ultimate in low optical losses and thermal emissivity. In this paper, we first describe the system from a global perspective and then dwell particularly on the optical features of the system, the science package with integral tip/tilt guiding, and the solid-state sodium guide star laser. Other papers in this conference describe in more detail the innovative 300-actuator adaptive secondary, the control processor architecture and performance, and results from Fasttrac II, the immediate precursor to this system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsR.K. Tyson, R.Q. Fugate
Pages2-7
Number of pages6
Volume3126
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
EventAdaptive Optics and Applications - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 30 1997Aug 1 1997

Other

OtherAdaptive Optics and Applications
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period7/30/978/1/97

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Adaptive optics
adaptive optics
Telescopes
Mirrors
telescopes
mirrors
Lasers
lasers
laser guide stars
Optical losses
dwell
Infrared imaging
emissivity
Stars
central processing units
sky
Actuators
Innovation
Diffraction
actuators

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Adaptive secondary
  • Laser guiding
  • MMT
  • Sodium laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Shelton, C., Lloyd-Hart, M., Angel, J. R. P., & Sandler, D. (1997). The 6.5 m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system: Overview and progress report II. In R. K. Tyson, & R. Q. Fugate (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 3126, pp. 2-7) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.290140

The 6.5 m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system : Overview and progress report II. / Shelton, Chris; Lloyd-Hart, Michael; Angel, J Roger P; Sandler, David.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / R.K. Tyson; R.Q. Fugate. Vol. 3126 1997. p. 2-7.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Shelton, C, Lloyd-Hart, M, Angel, JRP & Sandler, D 1997, The 6.5 m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system: Overview and progress report II. in RK Tyson & RQ Fugate (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 3126, pp. 2-7, Adaptive Optics and Applications, San Diego, CA, United States, 7/30/97. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.290140
Shelton C, Lloyd-Hart M, Angel JRP, Sandler D. The 6.5 m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system: Overview and progress report II. In Tyson RK, Fugate RQ, editors, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 3126. 1997. p. 2-7 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.290140
Shelton, Chris ; Lloyd-Hart, Michael ; Angel, J Roger P ; Sandler, David. / The 6.5 m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system : Overview and progress report II. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / R.K. Tyson ; R.Q. Fugate. Vol. 3126 1997. pp. 2-7
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