Microgate, together with ADS, was committed in 2002 by LBT Corporation to building the two adaptive secondaries for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). System design, construction and testing is in the hands of the "same old team" that has developed the adaptive secondary concept from the beginning:
The optics (thin shell and reference body) has been manufactured at Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
Even if the two units are largely based on the experience gained on MMT336 adaptive secondary, several improvements have been introduced.
The electronics has been completely redesigned, with the aim of conceiving and realizing a very powerful and flexible platform, capable of being a state-of-the-art solution for controlling adaptive optics systems with up to several thousands of actuators.
Thanks to its computational power, the LBT672 electronics does not only control the mirror dynamics, but it also performs the Real Time Reconstructor computations.
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