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Software control of the 3 active surfaces of the Thirty Meter Telescope
Author(s): P. N. Daly; R. E. Marshall; M. J. Sirota; R. C. Jared
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Paper Abstract

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is a collaborative project between the California Institute of Technology (CIT), the University of California (UC), the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA). Current activity is focused on the design and development phase (DDP) of all systems. For the TMT to achieve seeing and diffraction limited performance, the telescope-related software systems will have to work in concert to precisely control all 738 primary mirror (M1) segments along with the active secondary mirror (M2) and an articulated tertiary mirror (M3). In this paper we discuss the conceptual design of the software control systems for these surfaces and their integration into a cohesive whole.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6274, Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy, 62740F (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669709
Show Author Affiliations
P. N. Daly, New Initiatives Office, NOAO (United States)
R. E. Marshall, New Initiatives Office, NOAO (United States)
M. J. Sirota, TMT Project Office (United States)
R. C. Jared, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6274:
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
Hilton Lewis; Alan Bridger, Editor(s)

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