Commissioning results of MMT-POL, the 1-5μm imaging polarimeter leveraged from the AO secondary of the 6.5m MMT

C. Packham, Terry J Jones, C. Warner, M. Krejny, D. Shenoy, T. Vonderharr, E. Lopez-Rodriguez, K. DeWahl

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Abstract

MMT-POL is an adaptive optics optimized imaging polarimeter designed for use at the 6.5m MMT. By taking full advantage of the adaptive optics secondary mirror of the MMT, this polarimeter offers diffraction-limited polarimetry with very low instrumental polarization and minimal thermal background. MMT-POL permits observations as diverse as protoplanetary discs, comets, red giant winds, (super)novae and ejecta, galaxies, and AGN. We report on the initial on-sky commissioning results of the instrument including a description of the instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8446
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period7/1/127/6/12

Keywords

  • Adaptive optics
  • Infrared
  • Instrumentation
  • Polarimetry

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