"The 1.6 m Off-Axis New Solar Telescope (NST) in Big Bear," by Philip R. Goode (Big Bear Solar Observatory)

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Plasma Seminars

Plasma Seminar

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB) Room 4-330

Guest Speaker: Philip R. Goode, Big Bear Solar Observatory

Talk Title: "The 1.6 m Off-Axis New Solar Telescope (NST) in Big Bear"


The NST has been used to observe the Sun for more than three years with ever increasing capabilities.  The NST is the first facility-class solar telescope built in the US in a generation, and  it is the highest resolution solar telescope every built.  The NST has an  off-axis design.  Lessons learned will be discussed. Current NST post-focus instrumentation includes adaptive optics (AO) feeding photometric and near-IR polarimetric systems, as well as an imaging spectrograph.  On going instrumentation projects will be sketched, including Multi-Conjugate AO, next generation (dual Fabry-Perot) visible light and near-IR polarimeters and a fully cryogenic spectrograph.  Finally, images and movies illustrating the high resolution capabilities of the NST will be shown and briefly discussed for illustrative purposes.