Presentation Title

The Kilometer Telescope

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

Surge 172

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Abstract

Most large telescopes feature multiple massive mirrors and bloated budgets. By designing telescopes with large apertures (diameters), more light can be collected, allowing for brighter images with improved resolution and sensitivity. Our group has proposed a telescope with 1 kilometer aperture. This can be accomplished with arrays of arrays of millions of small 10 centimeter apertures. Additionally, the project would be bidirectional, allowing light to be both received and transmitted. This is the Laser Array Space Telescope (LAST). This summer, our work focused on optimizing the initial design of the LAST. This oral presentation will discuss several options and explain why a hexagonal array was chosen.

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The Kilometer Telescope

Surge 172

Most large telescopes feature multiple massive mirrors and bloated budgets. By designing telescopes with large apertures (diameters), more light can be collected, allowing for brighter images with improved resolution and sensitivity. Our group has proposed a telescope with 1 kilometer aperture. This can be accomplished with arrays of arrays of millions of small 10 centimeter apertures. Additionally, the project would be bidirectional, allowing light to be both received and transmitted. This is the Laser Array Space Telescope (LAST). This summer, our work focused on optimizing the initial design of the LAST. This oral presentation will discuss several options and explain why a hexagonal array was chosen.