13 September 2012 VLT deformable secondary mirror: integration and electromechanical tests results
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The VLT Deformable secondary is planned to be installed on the VLT UT#4 as part of the telescope conversion into the Adaptive Optics test Facility (AOF). The adaptive unit is based on the well proven contactless, voice coil motor technology that has been already successfully implemented in the MMT, LBT and Magellan adaptive secondaries, and is considered a promising technical choice for the forthcoming ELT-generation adaptive correctors, like the E-ELT M4 and the GMT ASM. The VLT adaptive unit has been recently assembled after the completion of the manufacturing and modular test phases. In this paper, we present the most relevant aspects of the system integration and report the preliminary results of the electromechanical tests performed on the unit. This test campaign is a typical major step foreseen in all similar systems built so far: thanks to the metrology embedded in the system, that allows generating time-dependent stimuli and recording in real time the position of the controlled mirror on all actuators, typical dynamic response quality parameters like modal settling time, overshoot and following error can be acquired without employing optical measurements. In this way the system dynamic and some aspect of its thermal and long term stability can be fully characterized before starting the optical tests and calibrations.
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R. Biasi, M. Andrighettoni, G. Angerer, C. Mair, D. Pescoller, P. Lazzarini, E. Anaclerio, M. Mantegazza, D. Gallieni, E. Vernet, R. Arsenault, P.-Y. Madec, P. Duhoux, A. Riccardi, M. Xompero, R. Briguglio, M. Manetti, M. Morandini, "VLT deformable secondary mirror: integration and electromechanical tests results", Proc. SPIE 8447, Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84472G (13 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927087; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.927087
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