10 August 2010 Modeling a large submillimeter-wave observatory
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The 25 meter aperture Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT) will provide an enormous increase in sensitivity in the submillimeter bands compared to existing observatories, provided it can establish and maintain excellent image quality. To accomplish this at a very low cost, it is necessary to conduct accurate engineering trades, including the most effective segment and wavefront sensing and control approach, to determine the best method for continuously maintaining wavefront quality in the operational environment. We describe an integrated structural/optical/controls model that provides accurate performance prediction. We also detail the analysis methods used to quantify critical design trades.
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John Z. Lou, Andy Kissil, Dave C. Redding, Matt C Bradford, Steve Padin, David Woody, "Modeling a large submillimeter-wave observatory", Proc. SPIE 7733, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes III, 773326 (10 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856493; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856493
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