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Platform deformation refined pointing and phase correction for the AMiBA hexapod telescope
Author(s): Patrick Koch; Michael Kesteven; Yu-Yen Chang; Yau-De Huang; Philippe Raffin; Ke-Yung Chen; Guillaume Chereau; Ming-Tang Chen; Paul T. P. Ho; Chih-Wie Huang; Fabiola Ibañez-Romano; Homin Jiang; Yu-Wei Liao; Kai-Yang Lin; Guo-Chin Liu; Sandor Molnar; Hiroaki Nishioka; Keiichi Umetsu; Fu-Cheng Wang; Jiun-Huei Proty Wu; Pablo Altamirano; Chiao-Hao Chang; Shu-Hao Chang; Su-Wei Chang; Chi-Chiang Han; Derek Kubo; Chao-Te Li; Pierre Martin-Cocher; Peter Oshiro
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Paper Abstract

The Array for Microwave Background Anisotropy (AMiBA) is a radio interferometer for research in cosmology, currently operating 7 0.6m diameter antennas co-mounted on a 6m diameter platform driven by a hexapod mount. AMiBA is currently the largest hexapod telescope. We briefly summarize the hexapod operation with the current pointing error model. We then focus on the upcoming 13-element expansion with its potential difficulties and solutions. Photogrammetry measurements of the platform reveal deformations at a level which can affect the optical pointing and the receiver radio phase. In order to prepare for the 13-element upgrade, two optical telescopes are installed on the platform to correlate optical pointing tests. Being mounted on different locations, the residuals of the two sets of pointing errors show a characteristic phase and amplitude difference as a function of the platform deformation pattern. These results depend on the telescope's azimuth, elevation and polarization position. An analytical model for the deformation is derived in order to separate the local deformation induced error from the real hexapod pointing error. Similarly, we demonstrate that the deformation induced radio phase error can be reliably modeled and calibrated, which allows us to recover the ideal synthesized beam in amplitude and shape of up to 90% or more. The resulting array efficiency and its limits are discussed based on the derived errors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70181L (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787852
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Patrick Koch, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Michael Kesteven, Australia Telescope National Facility (Australia)
Yu-Yen Chang, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Yau-De Huang, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Philippe Raffin, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Ke-Yung Chen, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Guillaume Chereau, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Ming-Tang Chen, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Paul T. P. Ho, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Chih-Wie Huang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Fabiola Ibañez-Romano, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Homin Jiang, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Yu-Wei Liao, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Kai-Yang Lin, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Guo-Chin Liu, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Sandor Molnar, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Hiroaki Nishioka, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Keiichi Umetsu, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Fu-Cheng Wang, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Jiun-Huei Proty Wu, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Pablo Altamirano, ASIAA Hawaii Site Office (United States)
Chiao-Hao Chang, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Shu-Hao Chang, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Su-Wei Chang, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Chi-Chiang Han, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Derek Kubo, ASIAA Hawaii Site Office (United States)
Chao-Te Li, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Pierre Martin-Cocher, Academia Sinica, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Taiwan)
Peter Oshiro, ASIAA Hawaii Site Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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