CSO Optics

Caltech Professors Robert Leighton and Tom Phillips measuring panel curvature. (Photo circa 1981.)

The CSO telescope was designed by Caltech Prof. Robert Leighton. In all, seven of these Leighton antennas were built. They were fabricated in the Synchrotron Laboratory on the Caltech campus. This building, originally used for figuring and polishing the mirror of the Palomar 5 m telescope, has a stable temperature environment. The fourth antenna produced was erected on Mauna Kea at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory. The other six antennas were used in the Owens Valley Millimeter Array and are now incorporated in CARMA.


CSO optical design (Autocad R14, jpg, pdf)

CSO Panel heater design, partly implemented (pdf)


Temperature Measurement on the Leighton Telescope: Surface Memo No.3,
R. A. Chamberlin and R. Ceria, 2007 September 17

Temperature Measurement on the Leighton Telescope: Surface Memo No.2,
R. A. Chamberlin, 2003 May 6

Thermal Behavior of the Leighton 10-m Antenna Backing Structure,
J. W. Lamb and D. P. Woody, 1998, MMA Memo 234

Measurement, Modeling, and Adjustment of the 10.4 m Diameter Leighton Telescopes,
D. Woody, E. Serabyn, and A. Schinckel, 1998, Proc. SPIE 3357, 474 ADS

Gaussian Beams and CSO Side Cab Optics: FORTRAN tools for aiding in the optical system analysis,
R. A. Chamberlin, 1997 April 29

Cassegrain Relay Optics For The CSO Chopping Secondary: Revised CSO Optics Memo #4,
E. Serabyn, 1995 October 17

Design, Construction, and Performance of the Leighton 10.4-m-Diameter Radio Telescopes,
D. Woody, D. Vail, and W. Schaal, 1994, Proc. IEEE 82, 673 ADS

CSO Chopping Secondary Motion Requirements CSO Optics Memo #1,
E. Serabyn, 1992 January 3

Surface figure measurements of radio telescopes with a shearing interferometer,
E. Serabyn, T. G. Phillips, and C. R. Masson, 1991, Applied Optics 30, 1227 ADS

A 10-Meter Telescope for Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Astronomy,
R. Leighton, Final Technical Report for NSF Grant 73-04908, 1978

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