Abstract Details

Name: Padmakar Parihar
Affiliation: Indian Institute of Astrophysics
Conference ID: ASI2017_1056
Title : A step toward realization of  a large Optical-NIR telescope in India.
Authors and Co-Authors : PSMT Group
Abstract Type : Oral
Abstract Category : Instrumentation and Techniques
Abstract : Recently install 3.6m DOT telescope and forthcoming TMT would not be enough to cater the need of growing Indian astronomical community. Access to 10-12m size optical-NIR telescope equipped with state of the art back-end instruments can bridge the gap between DOT and TMT. A telescope of this size is only possible when primary mirror is made of smaller mirror segments. In order to get acquainted with segmented mirror telescope technology, in IIA we have initiated a project to develop a small prototype telescope made of seven spherical mirror segments (PSMT). I will present the progress made in opto-mechanical design as well development of other sub-systems required for the PSMT. The prototyping effort is one step toward realization of a large telescope in India and it is expected to be completed in two years period.