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LINC-NIRVANA: achieving 10 mas imagery on the Large Binocular Telescope
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Paper Abstract

LINC-NIRVANA is an innovative imaging interferometer fed by dedicated multi-conjugated adaptive optics systems. The instrument combines the light of the two, 8.4-meter primary mirrors of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) on a single focal plane, providing panoramic imagery with 23-meter spatial resolution. The instrument employs a number of innovative technologies, including multi-conjugated adaptive optics, state-of-the-art materials, low vibration mechanical coolers, active and passive control, and sophisticated software for data analysis. LINC-NIRVANA is entering its final integration phase, with the large adaptive-optics and imaging subsystems coming together in the clean room in Heidelberg. Here, we report on progress, including insights gained on integration of large instruments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70141A (9 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788374
Show Author Affiliations
T. M. Herbst, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
R. Ragazzoni, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Eckart, Univ. of Cologne (Germany)
G. Weigelt, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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