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The MMT Natural Guide Star Adaptive Optics system (MMTAO) is the first AO system that uses a deformable secondary mirror to correct optical distortions introduced by the Earth’s atmosphere, and produces diffraction-limited imaging from 10 microns to the near infra-red.

The capabilities of the AO system are outlined in the observer’s information page, along with pages that detail the available instruments for use with the MMTAO system. Procedures for applying for time are given, along with papers and press generated by the instrument. A list of people working on the project may be found on the contacts page.

Questions and comments about the MMTAO system and this website may be e-mailed to mmtaoweb (at) as.arizona.edu.

MMTAO Secondary Sunrise
The MMTAO Deformable Secondary at sunrise on the MMT telescope.

Time on the MMT telescope is allocated by the UAO TAC three times a year, and deadlines for proposal submission are scheduled the previous trimester.

The MMT Adaptive Optics (MMTAO) system with MIRAC-BLINC (a mid-infrared imager) and CLIO (a mid-infrared imager) is expected to be available for bright time in Winter 2008 on a *shared-risk* basis to observers.

Proposal forms can be found at at https://www.arizona.edu/. Everyone needs to get these particular versions; older versions will not do. We do not support non-latex versions.

Useful information about P.I. instruments and required signatures, and some additional information about facility instruments, and information on certification, can be found at the Observer’s Web Site.

An AO Guide Star Tool at the Keck AO Web Page is available to help you check to see if there is a guide star near your science target.