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Control and support of 4-meter class secondary and tertiary mirrors for the Thirty Meter Telescope
Author(s): Dan Blanco; Myung Cho; Larry Daggert; Phil Daly; Joe DeVries; Jonathan Elias; Bruce Fitz-Patrick; Ed Hileman; Mark Hunten; Ming Liang; Mark Nickerson; Earl Pearson; Dave Rosin; Mark Sirota; Larry Stepp
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Paper Abstract

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project is a partnership between ACURA, AURA, Caltech, and the University of California. The design calls for a 3.6 m diameter secondary mirror and an elliptical tertiary mirror measuring more than 4 m along its major axis. Each mirror will weigh more than two metric tons and must be articulated to compensate for deformation of the telescope structure. The support and control of these "smaller optics" pose significant challenges for the designers. We present conceptual designs for active and passive figure control and articulation of these optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 62731A (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672626
Show Author Affiliations
Dan Blanco, NOAO (United States)
Myung Cho, NOAO (United States)
Larry Daggert, NOAO (United States)
Phil Daly, NOAO (United States)
Joe DeVries, NOAO (United States)
Jonathan Elias, NOAO (United States)
Bruce Fitz-Patrick, NOAO (United States)
Ed Hileman, NOAO (United States)
Mark Hunten, NOAO (United States)
Ming Liang, NOAO (United States)
Mark Nickerson, NOAO (United States)
Earl Pearson, NOAO (United States)
Dave Rosin, NOAO (United States)
Mark Sirota, TMT Project (United States)
Larry Stepp, TMT Project (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6273:
Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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