Large-Aperture Mirror Array (LAMA): conceptual design for a distributed-aperture 42-meter telescope

Paul Hickson, Kenneth M. Lanzetta, J. Roger P. Angel, Roberto Gilmozzi
2003 Future Giant Telescopes  
We propose a high-density coherent array of eighteen 10-meter liquid-mirror telescopes. Each telescope is equipped with a reflective corrector system that enables it to point and track within an eight-degree diameter accessible field of view centered on the zenith. Equipped with adaptive optics, each telescope will deliver a diffraction-limited beam to a common focal plane. There, a dichroic optical-infrared camera will provide simultaneous imaging in six wavelength bands from 0.6 to 2.2 um.
more » ... m 0.6 to 2.2 um. Operating coherently as a Fizeau imaging interferometer, the array would be capable of achieving 4 mas resolution at 1 um and a point source sensitivity of 40 pJy ( 34.9) AB I = in a single 30 min exposure. With incoherent beam recombination it would be capable of 25 mas resolution and a point-source detection limit of 250 pJy ( 32.9) AB I = in a single 30 min exposure. The telescope uses established technologies and could be built in a relatively short time.
doi:10.1117/12.459075 fatcat:asd4hjnq35efpgw5mtkqk3cax4