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Support structure of LAMOST Schmidt plate MA
Author(s): Xiangqun Cui; Dehua Yang
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Paper Abstract

The Large Sky Area Multiobject Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) is a very special designed reflecting Schmidt telescope. It will have both the large field of view (5 degrees) and the large aperture (4 meters). The reflecting Schmidt plate MA will not only serve as the correcting plate for eliminating the spherical aberration of the primary mirror MB, but also will serve as the tracking mirror simultaneously during the observation with an alt- azimuth mounting. The support structure of MA, corresponding to its 24 hexagonal submirrors, is composed of 24 hexagonal submirror cells and a MA primary cell which is a space truss structure. This paper presents the design and the analysis for the MA support structure which mainly aided by the finite element method. It includes analyses of gravitational influence, the thermal deformation and the wind load influence. The dimension of the whole support structure is about 6 X 5 X 3 meters. The total mass of the structure is about 2 tons and the lowest natural frequency is 27.3 Hz. During 1.5 hours observation, the maximum image spread due to the gravitational deflection is less than 0.13 arcseconds. While the temperature gradient along the structure in vertical direction is 1 degree(s)C, the image spread due to the thermal deformation of the structure is less than 0.06 arcseconds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3352, Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI, (25 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319259
Show Author Affiliations
Xiangqun Cui, Nanjing Astronomical Instruments Research Ctr. (China)
Dehua Yang, Nanjing Astronomical Instruments Research Ctr. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3352:
Advanced Technology Optical/IR Telescopes VI
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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