22 July 2014 Development of a wide field spherical aberration corrector for the Hobby Eberly Telescope: design, fabrication and alignment
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A 4-mirror prime focus corrector is under development to provide seeing-limited images for the 10-m aperture Hobby- Eberly Telescope (HET) over a 22 arcminute wide field of view. The images created by the spherical primary mirror are aberrated with 13 arcmin diameter point spread function. The University of Arizona is developing the 4-mirror wide field corrector to compensate the aberrations from the primary mirror and present seeing limited imaged to the pickoffs for the fiber-fed spectrographs. The requirements for this system pose several challenges, including optical fabrication of the aspheric mirrors, system alignment, and operational mechanical stability. This paper presents current status of the program which covers fabrication of mirrors and structures and pretest result from the alignment of the system.
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Chang Jin Oh, Chang Jin Oh, Eric Frater, Eric Frater, Andrew E. Lowman, Andrew E. Lowman, Peng Su, Peng Su, Chunyu Zhao, Chunyu Zhao, Ping Zhou, Ping Zhou, James H. Burge, James H. Burge, } "Development of a wide field spherical aberration corrector for the Hobby Eberly Telescope: design, fabrication and alignment", Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 914509 (22 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056879; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056879
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