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22 July 2014 Design of the Giant Magellan Telescope
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The preliminary design of the 25 m Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has been completed. This paper describes the design of the optics, structure and mechanisms, together with the rationales that lead to the current design. Analyses that were conducted to verify structure and optical performance are summarized. Science instruments will be mounted within the telescope structure. A common instrument de-rotator is provided to compensate for field rotation caused by the alt-az tracking of the telescope. The various instrument stations and provisions for mounting instruments are described. Post-PDR development plans for the telescope are presented.
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Matt Johns, Charles Hull, Gary Muller, Ben Irarrazaval, Antonin Bouchez, Tomas Chylek, Cary Smith, Abhijit Wadhavkar, Bruce Bigelow, Steven Gunnels, Brian McLeod, and Christine Buleri "Design of the Giant Magellan Telescope", Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91451F (22 July 2014); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057286
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