The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, under construction in Chile, is an 8.4 m optical survey telescope with a dedicated 3.2 Giga-pixel camera. The design and construction of the camera is spearheaded at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and here we present a general overview of the camera integration and test activities. An overview of the methodologies used for the planning and management of this subsystem will be given, along with a high-level summary of the status of the major pieces of I&T hardware. Finally a brief update will be given on the current state of the LSST Camera integration and testing program.
We present the mechanical device used to install the Raft Tower Modules (RTMs) into the cryosat of the camera for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). In an RTM, the charge-coupled devices (CCDs) are packaged into a 3 x 3 Raft Sensor Assembly (RSA) and coupled to a Raft Electronics Crate (REC). An RTM weighs ~10 kg, is roughly 500 mm tall, and has a 126.5 mm-square footprint at the CCDs. The grid array which supports the RTM in the cryostat has a center-to-center distance of 127 mm. One of the key challenges for installing the RTMs in the 500 μm gap between CCDs of adjacent modules - contact between adjacent CCDs is strictly forbidden.
The Bench for Optical Testing (BOT) is a test stand that will be used for metrology and optical testing of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Camera CCD sensors, immediately after the integration step where the sensors are installed into the Cryostat to form the LSST’s 3.2 gigapixel, 640mm diameter focal plane. The BOT uses existing methods to economically verify sensor performance, including measurement of focal plane flatness, CCD sensor spacing, gain stability, cross-talk, flat field images, response in each filter band, and dark level. This paper describes the requirements, design, and preliminary test results for the BOT test equipment.