Multiple Mirror Telescope

     The basic design of Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT) is based on an instrument of the same name that resides on Mt. Hopkins in Arizona, a collaboration of Harvard, the Smithsonian, and the University of Arizona. The configuration of the telescope’s seven mirrors is here replaced with matrices of hard drives and pans filled with vacuum tubes anchored in wax. In the center rests an 8-inch parabolic mirror above which is mounted a beam adjuster that once saw employment at the linear accelerator at SLAC. A rather large amount of small hand-written text appears on the work, taken from disparate sources ranging from Shakespeare and Sartre to David Foster Wallace and from the cosmologist Alan Guth to the Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

 

Multiple Mirror TelescopeStephen Harris