The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is one of the three next-generation ground telescopes being currently designed. With a 25m diameter, the telescope is 10% owned by Australia. Its primary mirror is made of seven 8.2m mirrors. Because of the challenging phasing and aligning of the mirrors, we are constructing a miniature version of the telescope on an optical bench. This testbed, nicked-named Pocket-GMT will be used to test the phasing hardware and controls of the telescope and can later be used as a way to test the GMT instruments.
This project will get the student involved with the team in charge of designing, building and testing Pocket GMT.