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Characterization of the actuator of EMIR configurable slit unit
Author(s): A. Mato Martínez; M. Núñez Cagigal; M. Barreto Cabrera; F. Garzón López; J. Patrón; M. Teuwen
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Paper Abstract

EMIR1,2 (Espectrógrafo Multiobjeto Infra-Rojo) is a wide field multi-object spectrograph already installed in the Nasmyth focus of GTC (Gran Telescopio Canarias). It operates in the near-infrared (NIR), in the wavelength range from 0.9 μm to 2.5 μm and it will include several mechanism working in cryogenic conditions.

A key component of EMIR is the CSU (Configurable Slit Unit), which is a robotic cryo-mechanism used to generate a multi-slit configuration and a long slit on EMIR focal plane when working in spectroscopic mode. The system has 110 sliding bars which can be configured at cryogenic working temperature to create up to 55 slits with a high position accuracy and repeatability. The movement of the bars is performed by an actuator which allows reaching a relatively high speed for the coarse movement and controllable steps up to 2 microns for the fine positioning. This subsystem has been designed and manufactured by the Dutch company Janssen Precision Engineering (JPE) and the Spanish company NTE-SENER. Afterwards, it was thoroughly verified at the IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias) facilities.

In this paper, the CSU will be briefly described. One of the more important parts of the CSU is the actuators, which move the bars by means of a stick-slip effect. A set of tests designed for characterizing and improving the robustness and performance of the actuators will be presented. Finally, an overview of the current CSU performance will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 99121A (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233679
Show Author Affiliations
A. Mato Martínez, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
M. Núñez Cagigal, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
M. Barreto Cabrera, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
F. Garzón López, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
J. Patrón, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
M. Teuwen, Janssen Precision Engineering B.V. (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9912:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; James H. Burge, Editor(s)

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