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Control electronics for an adaptive secondary mirror
Author(s): Roberto Biasi; Luca Fini; Paolo Mantegazza; Valdemaro Biliotti; Federico Gori; Daniele Gallieni
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Paper Abstract

The recent concept of an adaptive secondary mirror controlled by a large number of force actuators has been explored through the realization of a thirty actuators prototype. The design and implementation of the local position control electronics and real time software is presented. Both centralized and de-centralized control approaches are considered, and for the experimental implementation the de-centralized solution is adopted. The design is based on a digital approach. Mirror actuators are controlled by an array of DSPs. Each DSP controls two actuators: the position measurement are obtained from capacitive sensors co-located with the actuators and a local closed loop position control is implemented on the DSP to drive the voice coils. In the prototype unit, a bi- direcitonal fast serial line is used to exchange data with the wavefront computer. The communication link can be used to download program code and data to the DSPs thus allowing the greatest flexibility in the definition of algorithms and working parameters. The same link is used during mirror operation to issue position commands to the deformable mirror and to get back diagnostic data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321735
Show Author Affiliations
Roberto Biasi, MicroGate S.r.l. (Italy)
Luca Fini, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Paolo Mantegazza, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Valdemaro Biliotti, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (Italy)
Federico Gori, MicroGate S.r.l. (Italy)
Daniele Gallieni, MediaLario S.r.l. (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3353:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies
Domenico Bonaccini; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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