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Advanced Technology Solar Telescope optical design
Author(s): Eric Hansen; Ron Price; Rob Hubbard
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Paper Abstract

The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) will be the most powerful solar telescope and the world's leading resource for studying solar magnetism that controls the solar wind, flares, coronal mass ejections and variability in the Sun's output. Development of this four-meter off-axis solar telescope has presented many optical design challenges including: • support of both Nasmyth and flexible coude lab instrumentation, • incorporation of an integrated adaptive optics system, • thermal control of optics, and • optical alignment of multiple off-axis conics. This paper gives an overview of the optical design, error budgeting, and the performance modeling done to ensure the telescope will satisfy its optical performance requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6267, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes, 62673Z (23 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.670076
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Hansen, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Ron Price, National Solar Observatory (United States)
Rob Hubbard, National Solar Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6267:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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