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T. M. Herbst

Lessons for ELTs from the Large Binocular Telescope
Proceedings of the European Interferometry Initiative Workshop organized in the context of the 20005 Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting "Distant Worlds"?

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The growth in telescope collecting area is once again stalled at a maximum single mirror size. The lessons of the past, from both the radio and optical/infrared, is that such episodes correspond to the development of multi-element collectors, i.e. interferometers. There are currently several ongoing studies of single-dish Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). These efforts are confronting significant challenges, particularly in the area of wind loading, atmospheric turbulence, and cost. This paper presents some musings on how lessons learned with hybrid ELTs, such as the Large Binocular Telescope, can help us address these challenges.

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T. M. Herbst, «Lessons for ELTs from the Large Binocular Telescope», Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège [En ligne], Volume 74 - Année 2005, Numéro 5 - 6, 435-443 URL :

About: T. M. Herbst

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany