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Adaptive secondary mirror for the 6.5-m MMT
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We report the latest progress on the design, fabrication and testing of the adaptive secondary mirror to be used in the adaptive optics system to for the 6.5m upgrade to the Steward Observatory's MMT. The adaptive secondary will use electromagnetic force actuators in conjunction with a rigid reference structure to deformed a thin and flexible glass facesheet. The facesheet is fabricate with figure accuracy comparable to the surface of a traditional static secondary mirror. The flexible facesheet can however, be deformed by the actuators to conjugate the changing atmospheric aberration. Capacitive position sensors are placed at each actuator and are used to rapidly measure the position of the glass facesheet relative to the rigid reference structure. These measurements are used as feedback in a servo control- loop which maintains the desired figure of the adaptive secondary facesheet. In the proposed design the mechanical interface between the facesheet and the reference structure is limited to a small hub in the center of the facesheet. Due to heat dissipation in the electromagnetic voice-coils a temperature control system is required to maintain the facesheet of the adaptive secondary near the ambient temperature of the atmosphere. We report on laboratory test of a nearly full size 60 actuator adaptive secondary prototype. We include test of actuator stroke and position accuracy, control-loop stability, and closed-loop bandwidth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3353, Adaptive Optical System Technologies, (11 September 1998);
Show Author Affiliations
Todd K. Barrett, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Donald G. Bruns, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Timothy J. Brinkley, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
David G. Sandler, ThermoTrex Corp. (United States)
Bruce C. Fitz-Patrick, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
James Roger P. Angel, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Troy A. Rhoadarmer, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3353:
Adaptive Optical System Technologies
Domenico Bonaccini; Robert K. Tyson, Editor(s)

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