28 July 2010 QUIJOTE telescope design and fabrication
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The QUIJOTE CMB experiment aims to characterize the polarization of the CMB in the frequency range 10-30 GHz and large angular scales. It will be installed in the Teide Observatory, following the projects that the Anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background group has developed in the past (Tenerife experiment, IAC-Bartol experiment...) and is running at the present time (VSA, Cosmosomas). The QUIJOTE CMB experiment will consist of two telescopes which will be installed inside a unique enclosure, which is already constructed. The layout of both telescopes is based on an altazimuth mount supporting a primary and a secondary mirror disposed in a offset Gregorian Dragon scheme. The use of industrial-like fabrication techniques, such as sand-mould casting, CNC machining, and laser tracker measuring for alignment, provided the required performances for microwave observation. A fast-track construction scheme, altogether with the use of these fabrication techniques allowed designing and manufacturing the opto-mechanics of the telescope in 14 months prior to delivery for final start-up in December 2008.
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Alberto Gomez, Gaizka Murga, Borja Etxeita, Rubén Sanquirce, Rafael Rebolo, Jose Alberto Rubiño-Martin, José-Miguel Herreros, Roger Hoyland, Francisca Gomez, Ricardo T. Genova, Lucio Piccirillo, Bruno Maffei, Robert Watson, "QUIJOTE telescope design and fabrication", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 77330Z (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857286; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857286
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