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Progress on MMT-POL: the 1-5µm adaptive optics optimized polarimeter for the MMT
Author(s): C. Packham; T. J. Jones; M. Krejny; K. DeWahl; C. Warner; E. Lopez Rodriguez
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Paper Abstract

MMT-POL is an adaptive optics optimized imaging polarimeter for use at the 6.5m MMT. By taking full advantage of the adaptive optics secondary mirror of the MMT, this polarimeter will offer diffraction-limited polarimetry with very low instrumental polarization. This instrument will permit observations as diverse as protoplanetary discs, comets, red giant winds, galaxies and AGN. We report on progress toward regular operation of MMT-POL, including early laboratory calibration and optimization. Characterization of the 1-5μm Virgo array and supporting electronics is included, as are tests of the polarimetry optics at the heart of this instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77356J (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856594
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C. Packham, Univ. of Florida (United States)
T. J. Jones, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States)
M. Krejny, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States)
K. DeWahl, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States)
C. Warner, Univ. of Florida (United States)
E. Lopez Rodriguez, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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