MMT-POL: An adaptive optics optimized 1-5 m polarimeter

C. Packham, Terry J Jones

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Abstract

MMT-POL is an adaptive optics optimized, 1-5 m imaging polarimeter for use at the 6.5m MMT. By taking full advantage of the adaptive optics secondary mirror of the MMT, this polarimeter will offer for the first time on 8m class telescopes, diffraction limited polarimetry with very low instrumental polarization. This instrument will permit observations as diverse as protoplanetary discs, comets, red giant winds, galaxies and AGN. We discuss both the novel instrument design and key science drivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 28 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7014
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period6/23/086/28/08

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Imaging
  • Infrared
  • Instrumentation
  • Polarimetry

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