Proceedings PaperNew Technologies In The VLT Program
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The Very Large Telescope program (VLT) is based on an array of four 8 m telescopes which can work in individual or combined modes. This program will, and has already initiated the development of a number of new technologies in a wide variety of domains. Some of them are listed here below. - Development of thin zero expansion glass mirrors. - Development of metal mirror technology. - Active support of deformable mirrors. - Replication of optical surfaces. - Wide band optical coatings. - Very large brushless torque motors. - Adaptive optical systems.