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Mirror support smart actuator
Author(s): Mark R. Williams; Marti Pi i Puig; Juan Paris P. Gonzalez; B. Mack; Carlos Martin-Diaz; Luis Fernando Rodriguez-Ramos
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Paper Abstract

The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) has presented the proposal for the Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) 8 m telescope. As a part of this project, we have proposed a distributed control system using the Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol for the control of hundreds of force actuators for the support of the 8 m diameter thin meniscus mirror, allowing active optics applications. Recently, our efforts in this area have focused on the development of a low cost, compact, force actuator `node' with a view towards large scale production. We present hardware and software details of the node prototype and our plans for the incorporation and evaluation of 18 such nodes in the IAC 1 m mirror support test rig. We also provide details of an extension in actuator closed loop bandwidth to around 10 Hz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2479, Telescope Control Systems, (8 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211461
Show Author Affiliations
Mark R. Williams, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Marti Pi i Puig, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Juan Paris P. Gonzalez, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
B. Mack, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Carlos Martin-Diaz, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Luis Fernando Rodriguez-Ramos, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2479:
Telescope Control Systems
Patrick T. Wallace, Editor(s)

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