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LSST mirror thermal performance
Author(s): Brian Cuerden; Jacques Sebag; Steve West
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Paper Abstract

The proposed science missions of the LSST require a telescope with an optical etendue of greater than 250 meters square degrees square. The current LSST Baseline Configuration has a field of view of 3.5 degrees and an optical etendue of 302 m2d2. The etendue calculation includes the effect of gradual vignetting by the camera as the field angle increases. A current optical point design includes spun cast light-weighted borosilicate mirrors (primary and tertiary) of 8.4 and 5 m diameter respectively. Thermal control systems are needed to optimize telescope seeing and to minimize the thermal distortion of the mirrors. The goals of this study are to determine the airflow requirements for the specified ambient temperature rate of change, to identify thermal time constants and to predict the magnitude and form of thermal distortions that can be developed by environmental conditions. Operational data taken at the 6.5 m MMT (Multi-Mirror Telescope Observatory) and at the Magellan Observatory are presented for comparison with this study. Finally, the results from the thermal analysis were used to simulate the LSST focus control over one night of observation and to estimate the effect on the image quality for different correction frequencies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5495, Astronomical Structures and Mechanisms Technology, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550641
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Cuerden, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jacques Sebag, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Steve West, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5495:
Astronomical Structures and Mechanisms Technology
Joseph Antebi; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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