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Liquid mirror telescope applications
Author(s): Ralph F. Wuerker
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Paper Abstract

The advent of inexpensive large aperature near diffraction limited Liquid Mirror Telescopes (LMT's) makes possible applications not sensitive to their near vertical viewing nature; such as, astronomical surveys, space debris surveys, lidar collectors, and laser radiation concentrators, for plasma creation experiments in the sky. LMTs are easily an order of magnitude less expensive than a polished glass reflectors, which are only approximations to the naturally perfect parabolic surtace created by a rotating liquid. Highly reflecting liquid mercury is easily cleaned and safe when handled correctly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 1999
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 3749, 18th Congress of the International Commission for Optics, (19 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.355024
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Ralph F. Wuerker, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3749:
18th Congress of the International Commission for Optics
Alexander J. Glass; Joseph W. Goodman; Milton Chang; Arthur H. Guenther; Toshimitsu Asakura, Editor(s)

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