Progress on MMT-POL, the 1-5μm adaptive optics optimized polarimeter for the MMT

C. Packham, T. J. Jones, M. Krejny, K. DeWahl, C. Warner, E. Lopez Rodriguez

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Abstract

MMT-POL is an adaptive optics optimized 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 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 report on progress toward regular operation of MMT-POL, including early laboratory calibration and optimization. Characterization of the 1-5μm Virgo array and supporting electronics is included, as are tests of the polarimetry optics at the heart of this instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
EditionPART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 12 2010
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2010Jul 2 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
NumberPART 1
Volume7735
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period6/27/107/2/10

Keywords

  • Infrared
  • adaptive optics
  • instrumentation
  • polarimetry

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