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Design review of flexure focus stage for the Gemini telescope near-infrared imager
Author(s): Jeffrey W. Douglass; Tony T. Young; Klaus-Werner Hodapp
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Paper Abstract

Reviewed is a focus stage designed to accommodate the positioning and stability requirements of the detector arrays in the Gemini North Telescope's Near IR imager (NIRI). Focus axis translation of the two detector arrays is required, while sub-micron deflection stiffness about all other axes is of paramount importance to the successful operation of NIRI. The stiffness requirement coupled with a cryogenic vacuum environment led to a flexure design. Testing of the prototype stage mechanism to date has shown transverse deflections of < 1 micrometers , positioning repeatability of 1 micrometers , and satisfactory cryogenic performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317229
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey W. Douglass, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Tony T. Young, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Klaus-Werner Hodapp, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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