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Paper Abstract

Canada has pursued conceptual design work and technical studies related to a 20-m segmented mirror telescope (VLOT). This paper provides an overview of the Canadian effort over the last 3 years. VLOT can achieve exciting and significant scientific goals that are not possible with today's 8-meter class telescopes. The scientific promise of instruments on a 20-m telescope enhanced by adaptive optics is particularly exciting. The technical work done thus far indicates that while there are many challenges in designing and constructing a VLOT and its instruments, a 20-m telescope is feasible and achievable without major advances in technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5382, Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes, (7 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.566114
Show Author Affiliations
Dennis R. Crabtree, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
Scott C. Roberts, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
Joeleff T. Fitzsimmons, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
John Stanley Pazder, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
Glen Herriot, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
Malcolm J. Smith, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
Jennifer Dunn, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)
Leslie K. Saddlemyer, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics/National Research Council (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5382:
Second Backaskog Workshop on Extremely Large Telescopes
Arne L. Ardeberg; Torben Andersen, Editor(s)

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