U of A optical science department wins big mirror contract

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- University of Arizona optical scientists are set to polish the centerpiece of what will be the world's largest solar telescope.

The college of optical sciences won a multi-million dollar contract to polish the 14-foot primary mirror for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope.

The ATST, being built on a mountaintop on the Hawaiian island of Maui, will create high resolution images of the fine scale structures of the sun.

The U of A's international reputation for building massive mirrors helped it land the contract.

No word on the dollar amount.