The use of the Multiple Mirror Telescope as a phased array

Jacques M. Beckers, E. Keith Hege, Frank J. Low, Don W. McCarthy, Peter A. Strittmatter

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We summarize the experiments which have used the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) subapertures as a phased array in the optical, infrared, and submillimeter spectrum regions. Those experiments exploit the unique, very high angular resolution of the MMT being equivalent to that of a conventional telescope 6 86 cm in diameter. The operation of the MMT as a phased array is not only important for obtaining high angular resolution but also for obtaining the higher detection sensitivity which results from the better discrimination against the sky emission background for infrared diffraction limited images. We describe future plans to make the MMT into a phased telescope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Mar 2 1984
Externally publishedYes
EventSynthetic Aperture Systems I 1983 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 23 1983Aug 25 1983

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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