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Overview of the control strategies for the TMT alignment and phasing system
Author(s): Piotr Piatrou; Gary Chanan
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present the current status of control algorithm development for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Alignment and Phasing System (APS).We discuss ways to address the main challenges inherent in the active control of extremely large segmented telescopes: high complexity of the control problem, disentangling the aberrations on the primary, secondary and tertiary mirrors, and the tight requirements for residual errors. We also present preliminary APS performance estimates derived from simulations. In particular, our simulations show that the tomographic aberration disentanglement is only marginally useful for TMT alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2011
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8149, Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications IV, 814906 (16 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892253
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Piotr Piatrou, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Gary Chanan, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8149:
Astronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications IV
Robert K. Tyson; Michael Hart, Editor(s)

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