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Laser tracker surface measurements of the 8.4 m GMT primary mirror segment
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a metrology system that is capable of measuring rough ground and polished surfaces alike, is nearly independent of the nominal surface shape, and can accommodate surfaces up to 8.4 m in diameter. The system couples a commercial laser tracker with an advanced calibration technique and a system of external references. This system was built to guide loose abrasive grinding and initial polishing of the off-axis primary mirror segments for the Giant Magellan Telescope, and will be used to guide the fabrication of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope primary and tertiary mirrors as well. The results obtained using this system during the fabrication of the first segment of the Giant Magellan Telescope are presented along with an assessment of the expected system accuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7426, Optical Manufacturing and Testing VIII, 742613 (22 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826706
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Tom L. Zobrist, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
James H. Burge, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Hubert M. Martin, Steward Observatory, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7426:
Optical Manufacturing and Testing VIII
James H. Burge; Oliver W. Fähnle; Ray Williamson, Editor(s)

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