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Large-prism mounting to minimize rotation in Cassegrain instruments
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Paper Abstract

The Echellette Spectrograph and Imager (ESI), currently being developed for use at the Cassegrain focus of the Keck II 10-m telescope, employs two large (25 kg) prisms for cross dispersion. In order to maintain optical stability in the spectroscopic modes, these prisms must maintain a fixed angle relative to the nominal spectrograph optical axis under a variety of flexural and thermal loads. In this paper, we describe a novel concept for mounting large prisms that has been developed to address this issue. Analytical and finite element analyses (FEA) of the mounts are presented. Optical and mechanical tests are also described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316813
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew I. Sheinis, UCO/Lick Observatory (United States)
Jerry E. Nelson, UCO/Lick Observatory (United States)
Matthew V. Radovan, UCO/Lick Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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