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Commissioning results of MMT-POL: the 1-5um imaging polarimeter leveraged from the AO secondary of the 6.5m MMT
Author(s): C. Packham; T. J. Jones; C. Warner; M. Krejny; D. Shenoy; T. Vonderharr; E. Lopez-Rodriguez; K. DeWahl
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Paper Abstract

MMT-POL is an adaptive optics optimized imaging polarimeter designed for use at the 6.5m MMT. By taking full advantage of the adaptive optics secondary mirror of the MMT, this polarimeter offers diffraction-limited polarimetry with very low instrumental polarization and minimal thermal background. MMT-POL permits observations as diverse as protoplanetary discs, comets, red giant winds, (super)novae and ejecta, galaxies, and AGN. We report on the initial on-sky commissioning results of the instrument including a description of the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84463R (24 September 2012);
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C. Packham, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Univ. of Texas San Antonio (United States)
T. J. Jones, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
C. Warner, Univ. of Florida (United States)
M. Krejny, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
D. Shenoy, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
T. Vonderharr, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
E. Lopez-Rodriguez, Univ. of Florida (United States)
K. DeWahl, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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