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Status of the NGS adaptive optic system at the MMT Telescope
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Paper Abstract

The Natural Guide Star (NGS) Adaptive Optics System at the MMT Telescope (MMTAO) on Mt. Hopkins in Southern Arizona is the first in the world to use the secondary mirror as the correcting deformable mirror. Its 2.0 mm thin shell mirror, whose shape is controlled by 336 voice coil actuators, allows for nearly maximum throughput of light into the science camera. With several more deformable secondary mirrors coming online in the next few years, the lessons learned building, characterizing and operating the MMT Adaptive Optic System has proven to be quite valuable. These lessons will be discussed as well as future plans for the MMTAO System.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552478
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas L. Miller, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Guido Brusa, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Matthew A. Kenworthy, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Philip M. Hinz, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Don L. Fisher, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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