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

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

Plasma Seminar

Thursday, April 25, 2013
2-3PM
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"

Abstract:

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.