Active Phasing Experiment (APE) for the ELT

The ELT will have a segmented mirror. For the adaptive optics to work properly and correct the blurring introduced by the atmosphere turbulence, the segments have to be aligned as if their were part of a single large mirror, with a nanometer accuracy (1 millionth of a mm). In order to experiment with the challenges of this alignment, the APE system will be installed on the VLT, mimicking a segmented mirror and its issues. On the image, the tests of the APE segmented mirror are about to start in the laboratory

Credit:

ESO/H.H.Heyer

About the Image

Id:esopia_e-elt-ape-5609
Type:Photographic
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:18
Size:4368 x 2554 px

About the Object

Name:APE
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Instrument
• Unspecified : People : Scientist

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