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Big optics for astronomy and solar energy
Author(s): Roger Angel
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Paper Abstract

Aden Meinel came from the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory and the Department of Astronomy to found the Optical Sciences Center (OSC). Aden conceived and made at the Center of the optics for the revolutionary Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT), which greatly influenced the design of future large research telescopes and the technology needed to make them. The Steward Observatory Mirror Lab was built to make honeycomb mirrors up to 8.4 m diameter, and with much faster focal ratio. In use in the current Large Binocular Telescope and future Giant Magellan Telescope, these mirrors provide powerful astronomical research capabilities with unique sensitivity for exoplanet observations in the infrared. The solar energy field can also benefit from Aden’s legacy, by using multiple large solar mirrors configured like the MMT to power very high efficiency photovoltaic cells at each focus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9186, Fifty Years of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona, 918607 (20 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2064830
Show Author Affiliations
Roger Angel, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9186:
Fifty Years of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona
Harrison H. Barrett; John E. Greivenkamp; Eustace L. Dereniak, Editor(s)

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