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The LOFT group. Where we are going. Who we are. ?. Where we came from. Large Optics Fabrication and Testing. In the Beginning. 1997: Assistant Professor of Optical Sciences The students were hungry for new challenges:. U of A Telescopes. Large Binocular 2 x 8.4m Telescope Mt. Graham AZ.

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The loft group
The LOFT group

Where we are going

Who we are

?

Where we came from

Large Optics Fabrication and Testing


In the beginning
In the Beginning

1997: Assistant Professor of Optical Sciences

The students were hungry for new challenges:


U of A Telescopes

Large Binocular 2 x 8.4m Telescope

Mt. Graham AZ

Bok 90-in Telescope

Kitt Peak, AZ

Magellan twin 6.5m Telescopes

Las Campanas, Chile

MMT 6.5m

Mt. Hopkins AZ



Some big fab and test projects
Some big Fab and Test projects

2-m convex reference

1.6-m flat

4.3-m primary mirror for Discovery Channel Telescope

1.4-m convex off-axis aspheric










Current projects
Current Projects

  • Large Optics Fabrication and Testing for New Telescopes

  • Advanced measurement technologies

  • Superpolishing techniques

  • Optomechanical Engineering

  • Computer modeling


J. H. Burge University of Arizona

The Giant Magellan Telescope

Site in Chile

2021 first light


Gmt design
GMT Design

36 meters high, 25.3 meters across

25-m Primary mirror (f/0.7)

3.2-m segmented secondary mirror

corrects for PM position errors

deformable mirror for adaptive optics

Alt-Az structure

~1000 tons moving mass

21.3 m azimuth disk

21 m elevation C-ring

Steel + CFRP secondary support

Instruments mount below primary at the Gregorian focus


Large synoptic survey telescope
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

8.4-m aperture

Uses three-mirror design to attain 3.5° field of view

15-sec exposures to survey the sky

30TB of data per night!

Site in Chile


Advanced technology solar telescope
Advanced Technology Solar Telescope

Site is Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii


10 m hobby eberly telescope
10-m Hobby Eberly Telescope

4-mirror Wide Field Corrector


Looking forward
Looking Forward

  • Continue to develop and apply new technologies

    • Maintain preeminent position in the field of Large Optics

    • Provide mirrors and instruments for large telescopes

  • Diversify! Use our strength to take leadership roles in other areas

    • Freeform aspherics

    • Adaptive Optics

    • Flexible software

    • Optomechanical engineering

    • ??? What can you add ???


Our keys to success
Our keys to success!

  • Maintain lots of activity and interaction

  • Create new ideas

  • Use funded projects to test new ideas

  • Work with professional staff to turn ideas into capabilities

  • Use new capabilities to win new projects


Your challenges
Your challenges

  • Maintain lots of activity and interaction

  • Create new ideas

  • Use funded projects to test new ideas

  • Work with professional staff to turn ideas into capabilities


Your reward
Your reward

  • Solid engineering skills

    • Technical: Analysis, modeling, practical skills

    • Communications: writing, presenting, working with a team

    • Work habits: productivity

  • Well-developed creativity

    • Generate new ideas

    • Sift them efficiently

  • Love your work! (and get paid well for it too.)


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