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LSST optical beam simulator
Author(s): J. A. Tyson; J. Sasian; K. Gilmore; A. Bradshaw; C. Claver; M. Klint; G. Muller; G. Poczulp; E. Resseguie
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Paper Abstract

We describe a camera beam simulator for the LSST which is capable of illuminating a 60mm field at f/1.2 with realistic astronomical scenes, enabling studies of CCD astrometric and photometric performance. The goal is to fully simulate LSST observing, in order to characterize charge transport and other features in the thick fully-depleted CCDs and to probe low level systematics under realistic conditions. The automated system simulates the centrally obscured LSST beam and sky scenes, including the spectral shape of the night sky. The doubly telecentric design uses a nearly unit magnification design consisting of a spherical mirror, three BK7 lenses, and one beam-splitter window. To achieve the relatively large field the beam-splitter window is used twice. The motivation for this LSST beam test facility was driven by the need to fully characterize a new generation of thick fully-depleted CCDs, and assess their suitability for the broad range of science which is planned for LSST. Due to the fast beam illumination and the thick silicon design [each pixel is 10 microns wide and over 100 microns deep] at long wavelengths there can be effects of photon transport and charge transport in the high purity silicon. The focal surface covers a field more than sufficient for a 40×40mm LSST CCD. Delivered optical quality meets design goals, with 50% energy within a 5 micron circle. The tests of CCD performance are briefly described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9154, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI, 915415 (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055604
Show Author Affiliations
J. A. Tyson, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
J. Sasian, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
K. Gilmore, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
A. Bradshaw, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
C. Claver, LSST Corp. (United States)
M. Klint, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
G. Muller, GMTO Corp. (United States)
G. Poczulp, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
E. Resseguie, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9154:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI
Andrew D. Holland; James Beletic, Editor(s)

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