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10 July 2018 Multiple rooks of chess: a generic integral field unit deployment technique
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A new field re-configuration technique, Multiple Rooks of Chess, for multiple deployable Integral Field Spectrographs has been developed. The method involves a mechanical geometry as well as an optimized deployment algorithm. The geometry is found to be simple for mechanical implementation. The algorithm initially assigns the IFUs to the target objects and then devises the movement sequence based on the current and the desired IFU positions. The reconfiguration time using the suitable actuators which runs at 20 cm/s is found to be a maximum of 25 seconds for the circular DOTIFS focal plane (180 mm diameter). It is similar to some of the fastest schemes currently available. The Geometry Algorithm Combination (GAC) has been tested on several million mock target configurations with object-to-IFU ( τ ) ratio varying from 0.25 to 16. The configuration had both contiguous and sparse distribution of targets. The MRC method is found to be extremely efficient in target acquisition in terms of field revisit and deployment time without any collision or entanglement of the fiber bundles. The efficiency of the technique does not get affected by the increase of number density of target objects. For field with τ >1 prioritization of target objects is an optional feature and not necessary. The GAC can be modified for an instrument with higher or lower number of IFUs and different field size without any significant change in the flow. The technique is compared with other available methods based on sky coverage, flexibility and overhead time. The proposed geometry and algorithm combination is found to have advantage in all of the aspects.
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Sabyasachi Chattopadhyay, A. N. Ramaprakash, Pravin Khodade, Kabir Chakravarti, Shabbir Shaikh, Haeun Chung, and Sungwook E. Hong "Multiple rooks of chess: a generic integral field unit deployment technique", Proc. SPIE 10706, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III, 107065S (10 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2313798
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