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Design and optimization of silicon carbide mirrors for the Canadian Large Optical Telescope (LOT)
Author(s): Joeleff Fitzsimmons
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Paper Abstract

The Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA), AMEC Dynamic Structures Ltd. and several other Canadian university groups are currently in the initial phases of designing a new 20-25 metre class, ground-based, optical telescope called the Large Optical Telescope (LOT). At more than six times the collecting area of current state-of-the-art telescopes, the LOT will enable Canadian astronomers to continue carrying out forefront astronomical research. However, the LOT presents difficult design challenges not encountered with previous observatories. The successful design, construction and operation of the LOT will not only require detailed studies of all major telescope subsystems but will also require a fully integrated model of the entire observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2017
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 10313, Opto-Canada: SPIE Regional Meeting on Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Imaging, 103130Y (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2283830
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Joeleff Fitzsimmons, National Research Council Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10313:
Opto-Canada: SPIE Regional Meeting on Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Imaging
John C. Armitage, Editor(s)

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