6 July 2018 Telescope pier seismic isolation for the Giant Magellan Telescope
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Abstract
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) class observatory set to make history as one of the largest telescopes ever built. Vast improvements in the fields of optics, control systems, and mirror fabrication technologies have facilitated correspondingly drastic increases in the size and presence of ground-based telescopes previously thought to be impossible. Size for these observatories has increased to the point where conventional approaches impart seismic demands on the telescope structure and optics that are unmanageable. With this, a refined approach involving base isolation is being designed to provide seismic protection of a sensitive, invaluable instrument that will revolutionize our understanding of the universe.
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Eric A. Manuel, Michael C. Constantinou, Eric Grigel, Bruce C. Bigelow, José Terán, and Bahram Talison "Telescope pier seismic isolation for the Giant Magellan Telescope", Proc. SPIE 10700, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII, 107005Y (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314654; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2314654
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