Scientific results from the MMT Natural Guide Star Adaptive Optics system

Matthew A. Kenworthy, Doug L. Miller, Guido Brusa, Philip M. Hinz, Donald L. Fisher, Michael Lloyd-Hart, François P. Wildi, Donald W. McCarthy, Dylan L. Curley, Craig Kulesa, Patrick A. Young, Benjamin D. Oppenheimer, Wilson Liu, Michael R. Meyer, Julia Greissl

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The Natural Guide Star Adaptive Optics (NGS AO) system for the MMT Observatory is currently the only AO system in the world that uses a deformable secondary mirror to provide wavefront correction. This approach has unique advantages in terms of optical simplicity, high throughput and low emissivity. Here we present selected scientific results from the past year and a half of operation. Research with the AO system ranges from small scale structure around planetary nebulae, low mass stellar systems in the near IR, through to nulling interferometry in the mid infra-red.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number48
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - 2004
EventAdvancements in Adaptive Optics - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004


  • Adaptive optics
  • Adaptive secondary mirror
  • Scientific results

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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