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The 1.6 m off-axis New Solar Telescope (NST) in Big Bear
Author(s): Philip R. Goode; Wenda Cao
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Paper Abstract

The 1.6-m New Solar Telescope (NST) has been used to observe the Sun for more than three years with ever increasing capabilities as its commissioning phase winds down. The NST is the first facility-class solar telescope built in the U.S. in a generation, and it has an off-axis design as is planned for the 4 m Advanced Technology Solar Telescope. Lessons learned will be discussed. Current NST post-focus instrumentation includes adaptive optics (AO) feeding photometric and near-IR polarimetric sytems, as well as an imaging spectrograph. On-going instrumentation projects will be sketched, including Multi-Conjugate AO (MCAO), next generation (dual Fabry- Perot) visible light and near-IR polarimeters and a fully cryogenic spectrograph. Finally, recent observational results illustrating the high resolution capabilities of the NST will be shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8444, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV, 844403 (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925494
Show Author Affiliations
Philip R. Goode, Ctr. for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology (United States)
Big Bear Solar Observatory (United States)
Wenda Cao, Ctr. for Solar-Terrestrial Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology (United States)
Big Bear Solar Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8444:
Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes IV
Larry M. Stepp; Roberto Gilmozzi; Helen J. Hall, Editor(s)

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