Optical Design

The NLST optical design is based on the guiding theme of high optical efficiency. It is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1 Optical layout for NLST (baseline design)

The telescope structure is designed based on the layout of the optical system, as shown in Figure 2. Goal of the is design is to minimize the structural components and their exposure to outside environment.

Figure 2 Cross-section through telescope, instrument platform and tower top

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