The SONG project, is a collaboration between scientists at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus, and the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. SONG stands for Stellar Observations Network Group and the purpose of the project is to design an observatory that consists of a network of telescopes distributed around the planet. The design of the SONG telescope will target two scientific purposes: it must measure stellar oscillations that can probe the internal structure of stars, and be able to find Earth-like planets in our Milky Way.
Reflecting on their choice of supplier, Per Kjærgaard, SONG project Manager, commented: ‘Optical Surfaces Ltd was selected to produce the critical ADC prism doublet because of their impressive track record in preparing high performance optical systems for telescope and space projects’.
Using proprietary production techniques, Optical Surfaces’ skilled craftsmen produced two identical glass prisms of 45mm diameter with a surface accuracy of lambda/20 p-v and microroughness of better than 1nm rms to provide the diffraction-limited performance required by the SONG project team.
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