30 September 2004 Instrumentation for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope
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The 4-m aperture Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) is the next generation ground based solar telescope. In this paper we provide an overview of the ATST post-focus instrumentation. The majority of ATST instrumentation is located in an instrument Coude lab facility, where a rotating platform provides image de-rotation. A high order adaptive optics system delivers a corrected beam to the Coude lab facility. Alternatively, instruments can be mounted at Nasmyth or a small Gregorian area. For example, instruments for observing the faint corona preferably will be mounted at Nasmyth focus where maximum throughput is achieved. In addition, the Nasmyth focus has minimum telescope polarization and minimum stray light. We describe the set of first generation instruments, which include a Visible-Light Broadband Imager (VLBI), Visible and Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectropolarimeters, Visible and NIR Tunable Filters, a Thermal-Infrared Polarimeter & Spectrometer and a UV-Polarimeter. We also discuss unique and efficient approaches to the ATST instrumentation, which builds on the use of common components such as detector systems, polarimetry packages and various opto-mechanical components.
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Thomas R. Rimmele, Thomas R. Rimmele, Robert P. Hubbard, Robert P. Hubbard, K. S. Balasubramaniam, K. S. Balasubramaniam, Tom Berger, Tom Berger, David Elmore, David Elmore, G. Allen Gary, G. Allen Gary, Don Jennings, Don Jennings, Christoph Keller, Christoph Keller, Jeff Kuhn, Jeff Kuhn, Haosheng Lin, Haosheng Lin, Don Mickey, Don Mickey, Gilberto Moretto, Gilberto Moretto, Hector Socas-Navarro, Hector Socas-Navarro, Jan O. Stenflo, Jan O. Stenflo, Haimin Wang, Haimin Wang, "Instrumentation for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551853; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551853

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