The Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) is the world’s most powerful telescope, located at an altitude of 3,200m (approx.10,500 ft.) on Mt. Graham in southeast Arizona. Ohio State is a 12.5 percent partner in the LBT with other universities and research institutes in the U.S., Germany and Italy, which allows CCAPP faculty and postdoc direct access to LBT time.
LBT is both a laboratory for new technology and an observational data generator, with the spatial resolution roughly equivalent to a 23m telescope and the versatility of a pair of 8m telescopes. CCAPP scientists have led the development of new instruments for the facility, which include multiple types of spectrometers and interferometers.
As part of an international network of observatories, the LBT has been involved with major discoveries, including the observation of the oldest and brightest known quasar. Membership in this special cluster provides CCAPP researchers an immense resource along with unique opportunities to be part of history.