28 July 2014 Control and operation of the 1.6 m New Solar Telescope in Big Bear
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The 1.6m New Solar Telescope (NST) has developed a modern and comprehensive suite of instruments which allow high resolution observations of the Sun. The current instrument package comprises diffraction limited imaging, spectroscopic and polarimetric instruments covering the wavelength range from 0.4 to 5.0 microns. The instruments include broadband imaging, visible and near-infrared scanning Fabry-Perot interferometers, an imaging spectropolarimeter, a fast visible-light imaging spectrograph, and a unique new scanning cryogenic infrared spectrometer/spectropolarimeter that is nearing completion. Most instruments are operated with a 308 subaperture adaptive optics system, while the thermal-IR spectrometer has a correlation tracker. This paper reports on the current observational programs and operational performance of the telescope and instrumentation. The current control, data processing, and archiving systems are also briefly discussed.
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J. Varsik, J. Varsik, C. Plymate, C. Plymate, P. Goode, P. Goode, A. Kosovichev, A. Kosovichev, W. Cao, W. Cao, R. Coulter, R. Coulter, K. Ahn, K. Ahn, N. Gorceix, N. Gorceix, S. Shumko, S. Shumko, } "Control and operation of the 1.6 m New Solar Telescope in Big Bear", Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91475D (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056688; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056688
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