27 July 2016 Final design of the LSST primary/tertiary mirror cell assembly
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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) primary/tertiary (M1M3) mirror cell assembly supports both on-telescope operations and off-telescope mirror coating. This assembly consists of the cast borosilicate M1M3 monolith mirror, the mirror support systems, the thermal control system, a stray light baffle ring, a laser tracker interface and the supporting steel structure. During observing the M1M3 mirror is actively supported by pneumatic figure control actuators and positioned by a hexapod. When the active system is not operating the mirror is supported by a separate passive wire rope isolator system. The center of the mirror cell supports a laser tracker which measures the relative position of the camera and secondary mirror for alignment by their hexapods. The mirror cell structure height of 2 meters provides ample internal clearance for installation and maintenance of mirror support and thermal control systems. The mirror cell also functions as the bottom of the vacuum chamber during coating. The M1M3 mirror has been completed and is in storage. The mirror cell structure is presently under construction by CAID Industries. The figure control actuators, hexapod and thermal control system are under developed and will be integrated into the mirror cell assembly by LSST personnel. The entire integrated M1M3 mirror cell assembly will the tested at the Richard F Caris Mirror Lab in Tucson, AZ (formerly Steward Observatory Mirror Lab).
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Douglas R. Neill, Douglas R. Neill, Gary Muller, Gary Muller, Ed Hileman, Ed Hileman, Joe DeVries, Joe DeVries, Constanza Araujo , Constanza Araujo , William J. Gressler, William J. Gressler, Paul J. Lotz, Paul J. Lotz, Dave Mills, Dave Mills, Jacques Sebag, Jacques Sebag, Sandrine Thomas, Sandrine Thomas, Mike Warner, Mike Warner, Oliver Wiecha, Oliver Wiecha, "Final design of the LSST primary/tertiary mirror cell assembly", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99060Q (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234016; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234016
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