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Gran Telescopio Canarias: current status of its optical design and optomechanical support system
Author(s): Lotti Jochum; Javier Castro; Nicholas Devaney
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Paper Abstract

The conceptual design of the GTC optical system was completed in summer of 1997. It will be a Richey Cretien type telescope with a flat tertiary mirror to feed Nasmyth and folded Cassegrain focal stations. The telescope will have a segmented primary mirror and an entrance pupil area equivalent to a circular aperture of 10 m diameter. The details of its optical- and opto-mechanical design have been chosen to meet the scientific requirements such as excellent image quality in a broad wavelength range (0.3 microns < (lambda) < 15 microns) and maximum operational efficiency. To achieve the required specifications, all optical elements, in particular the primary mirror segments need to be equipped with a high performance opto-mechanical support system. In this paper we present the results of the optical- and opto-mechanical design of the GTC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3352, Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI, (25 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319300
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Lotti Jochum, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Javier Castro, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Nicholas Devaney, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3352:
Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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