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ESO VLT: II. Optical specifications and performance of large optics
Author(s): Philippe Dierickx; Daniel Enard; Fritz Merkle; Lothar Noethe; Raymond N. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

Up to now telescope optics were usually specified in terms of geometrical errors which cannot be linked to the actual performance under atmospheric turbulence limitation. A more realistic approach is proposed which takes into account atmospheric seeing and diffraction. The main advantage of the method is that at the same time it describes the final performance of the telescope, and gives to the optical manufacturer the maximum freedom to define and possibly modify its own manufacturing error budget.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19174
Show Author Affiliations
Philippe Dierickx, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Daniel Enard, European Southern Observatory (Italy)
Fritz Merkle, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Lothar Noethe, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Raymond N. Wilson, European Southern Observatory (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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