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Lego Figure holding a lego telescope. Photo

Arne Ardeberg

Professor emeritus

Lego Figure holding a lego telescope. Photo

Diffraction-limited light collection: Promises and challenges of a 50 m ELT

Author

  • Arne Ardeberg

Editor

  • Jacobus M. Oschmann

Summary, in English

Programmes driving ELT design are discussed. The nature and evolution of circum-stellar shells and planetary discs are attractive, while the small angular sizes place basic properties, asymmetry and warps, beyond VLT capability. An ELT is neeed to reveal the conversion processes shell - disc - planets, planetary systems, Earth-like planets, habitability and life signatures. Formation and evolution of massive stars are dicussed as are stellar rotation and shape, surface spatial and temporal resolution and evolution. Stellar clusters are discussed as probes of galactic evolution, resolving CMDs for Virgo and Fornax cluster galaxies. High-resolution studies of AGNs are discussed as are supernovae with bearing on early star formation, galactic activity and cosmology. Finally, the requirements defined from the prime science drivers are confronted with technical realities.

Department/s

  • Lund Observatory

Publishing year

2004

Language

English

Pages

23-34

Publication/Series

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

Volume

5489

Issue

PART 1

Document type

Conference paper

Publisher

SPIE

Topic

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Keywords

  • AO
  • Exoplanets
  • Cosmology
  • Earth like planets
  • Habitable zones
  • ELT
  • Spatial resolution
  • Stars

Conference name

Ground-Based Telescopes

Conference date

2004-06-21 - 2004-06-25

Conference place

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1996-756X
  • ISSN: 0277-786X