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Design of cryomechanisms for infrared astronomy
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Paper Abstract

The Laboratoire d'Astrophysique Experimentale (LAE) at the Universite de Montreal has designed and built several near-infrared cameras/spectrometers in the last decade for the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (HIA). These instruments have required innovative solutions for cryogenic electro-mechanical controls. This paper presents cryogenic motors, bearings, gears, epoxies and positioning/sensing devices at the heart of these cryo-mechanisms. In particular, the paper will focus on a new ball plunger with integrated Hall effect sensor, which can be used both as a mechanical detent and analog position encoder.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461093
Show Author Affiliations
Philippe Vallee, Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Rene Doyon, Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Daniel Nadeau, Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Loic Albert, Univ. de Montreal (Canada)
Martin Riopel, Univ. de Montreal (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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