Instrumentation for the advanced technology solar telescope

Thomas Rimmele, Rob Hubbard, K. S. Balasubramaniam, Tom Berger, David Elmore, Allen Gary, Don Jennings, Christoph Keller, Jeff Kuhn, Haosheng Lin, Don Mickey, Gilberto Moretto, Hector Socas-Navarro, Jan Stenflo, Haimin Wang

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The 4-m aperture Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) is the next generation ground based solar telescope. In this paper we provide an overview of the ATST post-focus instrumentation. The majority of ATST instrumentation is located in an instrument Coudé lab facility, where a rotating platform provides image de-rotation. A high order adaptive optics system delivers a corrected beam to the Coudé lab facility. Alternatively, instruments can be mounted at Nasmyth or a small Gregorian area. For example, instruments for observing the faint corona preferably will be mounted at Nasmyth focus where maximum throughput is achieved. In addition, the Nasmyth focus has minimum telescope polarization and minimum stray light. We describe the set of first generation instruments, which include a Visible-Light Broadband Imager (VLBI), Visible and Near-Infrared (NIR) Spectropolarimeters, Visible and NIR Tunable Filters, a Thermal-Infrared Polarimeter & Spectrometer and a UV-Polarimeter. We also discuss unique and efficient approaches to the ATST instrumentation, which builds on the use of common components such as detector systems, polarimetry packages and various opto-mechanical components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)944-957
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberPART 2
StatePublished - 2004
EventGround-based Instrumentation for Astronomy - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


  • Imaging filters
  • Instrumentation
  • Polarimetry
  • Solar telescopes
  • Sun


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