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20 August 1986 Use Of The Coherent MMT For Diffraction Limited Imaging
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All six MMT telescopes can now be optically cophased simultaneously over a wide field of view yielding coherent coverage of the complete Fourier transform plane corresponding to that of a pupilmasked telescope of 6.86m aperture. Open-loop phasing control compensates for flexure-induced path-length changes due to variable gravitational loading as a function of elevation. The system has been used to produce diffraction limited images and differential images of Alpha Orionis using narrow-band (1.2A) filters centered both on Hydrogen-alpha and on a similar bandpass out of the absorption line. Corresponding wide (100A) and narrow-band images of Gamma and Epsilon Orionis show the expected result for unresolved sources at the diffraction limited resolution of the fully-phased MMT.
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J. C. Hebden, E. K. Hege, and J. M. Beckers "Use Of The Coherent MMT For Diffraction Limited Imaging", Proc. SPIE 0628, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III, (20 August 1986); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.963510
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