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6.5-m MMT laser-guided adaptive optics system: overview and progress report II
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Paper Abstract

We report on the development and testing ofthe adaptive optics system for the 6.5m 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

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 October 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3126, Adaptive Optics and Applications, (17 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290140
Show Author Affiliations
J. C. Shelton, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
Michael Lloyd-Hart, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
James Roger P. Angel, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
David G. Sandler, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3126:
Adaptive Optics and Applications
Robert K. Tyson; Robert Q. Fugate, Editor(s)

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