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18 August 2005 Progress on smart focal plane technologies for extremely large telescopes
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A key instrument for an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is likely to be multi-object spectrometer which observes at least 100 discrete sources with diffraction limited spatial resolution and moderate spectral resolution in the wavelength region from 1.0 to 2.5 μm. Such an instrument has been chosen as the principal driver for the Smart Focal Planes technology development project which has brought together 14 companies and institutes in Europe and Australia. An overview of a new ELT instrument concept based upon beam manipulators (including novel 'starbug' miniature robots) is presented; supported by a summary of scientific goals and systems requirements. Progress made on specific support technology studies is also presented, including work on image slicer replication and cryogenic reconfigurable slits.
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Colin Cunningham, Eli Atad, Jeremy Bailey, Fabio Bortoletto, Francisco Garzon, Peter Hastings, Roger Haynes, Callum Norrie, Ian Parry, Eric Prieto, Suzanne Ramsay Howat, Juergen Schmoll, Lorenzo Zago, and Frederic Zamkotsian "Progress on smart focal plane technologies for extremely large telescopes", Proc. SPIE 5904, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI, 59040T (18 August 2005);


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