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Pier vibration isolation for lightweight interferometry telescopes
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Paper Abstract

The Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer (NPOI) in Flagstaff, Arizona, makes use of separate smaller telescopes spaced along a Y-array and used simultaneously to simulate an equivalent single large telescope. Each telescope is mounted on a massive reinforced concrete pier tied to bedrock. The mass of the pier dampens most, but not all, of the unwanted vibration in the required spectrum. The quality and resolution of a stellar image depends on minimizing movement of the mirrors due to vibration. The main source of pier vibration is due to the soil-pier interaction. Surrounding environmental and man-made vibration propagates through the soil as body and surface waves, and forces the pier to move. In this paper, a novel concept based on a sleeve/air gap system to isolate the soil from the pier is used to minimize the vibration input to the telescope. An example of the concept is presented with respect to the future implementation of a 1.4-m diameter composite telescope at the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6665, New Developments in Optomechanics, 66650L (17 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732730
Show Author Affiliations
Perry G. Wood, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)
F. Ernesto Penado, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)
James H. Clark, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Joshua P. Walton, Interferometrics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6665:
New Developments in Optomechanics
Alson E. Hatheway, Editor(s)

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