MAXAT Desirable Characteristics-- A First Assessment

Attribute

Potential Capability

Aperture

30-m to 50-m

Wavelength Coverage

OIR atmospheric windows

Angular Resolution

 

  • optical

"best seeing" + adaptive optics

  • near IR

much better than seeing--AO

  • thermal IR

diffraction-limited--AO

Field of View

Greater than or equal to0.3 arcmin (AO) -> >5 arcmin (seeing)

Sky Coverage

to be defined

Track duration

to be defined

Emissivity

"low"