This paper gives a scheme of optical fiber positioner structure of a miniature, by use of the DC servo motor with the diameter of 3mm driver, the distance can designed to 8.5mm, and can arrange more than 12000 fibers in the focal plane with the diameter of 1 meters, it is especially suitable for telescope with small dimension focal plane and has high density fiber positioning requirements. Based on the principle of double rotary fiber positioning principle, It consists of a hollow shaft revolving mechanism, and eccentric axis revolving mechanism relative to hollow shaft. The hollow shaft turns round at the range of -180 degrees to +180 degrees and the eccentric axis turns round at the range of -90 degrees to +90 degrees at the half of radius driving by each control motor. When positioning, the optical fiber end moves on the focal plate throughout, and can never deviate from focal plane. optical fiber is fixed in the mounting hole of fiber support which installed on the eccentric rotary shaft (fiber support’s hole axis is parallel to the axis of the hollow shaft), and fiber will lead to pass through the inner hole of the hollow shaft and focal plate then connected to the spectrometer. positioner center shaft adopts planetary gear driving principle, with small module motor’s gear and the fixed ring gear can driving motor and positioner planetary rotate, the eccentric shaft by DC servo motor with the diameter of 3mm drived coaxial optical fiber on the eccentric shaft, the center and the eccentric shafts adopts micro rolling bearing support; in order to prevent the positioner’s center and eccentric shaft to rotate out of bounds, both limiting devices have designed to ensure the safety of fiber positioning; both center and eccentric shaft are designed with a spring structure to eliminate the influence of gear clearance; because positioner size is very small, the positioner driving wire is embedded in the slot of the hollow shaft sleeve wall. This will not affect the fiber go through the center shaft’s holes and pass through the focal plane; positioner sample test results show that the closed-loop positioning can reached accuracy of 0.01mm unit, and can meet with the demand of optical fiber positioning.
Measuring the position of the end of 4000 optical fibers on the spherical focal plate for the LAMOST (Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopy Telescope) optical fibers positioning system is one of the key problems for LAMOST. The accuracy of optical fibers positioning system is guaranteed by feedback from measuring the position of the end of optical fiber. The position of the end of optical fiber is measured by photogrammetry with precision calibration. However, given the complexities in the optical fiber focal plane and the fiber positioner, the accurate standard point is considerably difficult to obtain, which results in insufficient calibration accuracy. To solve this problem, a convenient calibration method based on the Flexible Planar Target (FPT) is proposed. In this method, each fiber positioning unit positions the fiber to 16 designed locations, which are relatively accurate. These points form a high-precision 2D point array that can be used as the planar target. In this manner, each fiber positioning unit can be regarded as a small high-precision planar target. All small high-precision planar targets are assembled to form the Flexible Planar Target (FPT), which is used for calibration. Experimental results indicate that this improved method can reach a higher precision than that of previous method.
Fiber spectroscopic telescopes are important tools for astronomy research. In spectroscopic telescopes, the positioning of thousands of fibers on the focal plane is a big issue, which is usually solved by some compact structured devices with small-size motors installed. Stepper motors are normal choice for fiber positioner, however, stepper motors’ low efficiency leads to serious heating, so brushless DC motor becomes a more possible option when the fiber positioner is required to be less heating. Moreover, the size of brushless motor is much smaller than stepper motor in same situation. Brushless DC motor are synchronous motors powered by DC electricity via an inverter. Brushless DC motors complete commutating by switching power supply with an inverter, instead of with the help of carbon brush. Because of the absence of Mechanical Structures like carbon brush and slip ring, BLDC Motors can prevent problems like friction that caused by carbon brush. Both brushless DC motors and Steppers are DC synchronous motors, they generally share the same mechanical structures, but they have many different features. Brushless DC motors perform well in acceleration and they are less likely to generate remarkable amount of noise or heat. Steppers is made for position control, but they sometimes step out, what’s more, they generate a lot of heat and noise while running. Brushless DC motors are usually used when high speed and small size are required, while Steppers are used for positioner. If we can use brushless DC motors for position control, in one way, we can solve the stepping out problem of Steppers and managed to achieve higher accuracy and performance control of position, in the other way, circumstances that need small size and low heat and position control, which may have bothered us a lot, may have an convenient economic solution by using BLDC Motors. Although BLDC Motors are not made for position control, but the Mechanical Structure similarity with Steppers make it possible to realize some kind of position control theoretically. By now, there many ways (with sensor and without sensor) to detect the position of the brushless DC motors’ rotor’s position, which make the idea of using BLDC Motors for position control possible in practice. Generally, ways with sensors detect the rotor position by placing a sensor in the motor, and those without sensors usually calculate the rotor position by detect the voltage and current of the motor. This paper presents our efforts in applying sensorless rotor positioning technology in driving the brushless DC motors and in using the method of sensorless positioning to realize position control. During the process of rotor position detection, a three-terminal resistance network of star arrangement and a simple RC filter is used to get the zero-crossing point of the back EMF. The resistance network is used to extract the neutral voltage and the filter can filter high-frequency background and direct current component. The filtered signal’s zero-crossing point is a shift of the back EMF’s zero-crossing point and almost can be directly used as a reference of the rotor position. Pulse-width-modulation is used to make it possible for the driver to adapt to different brushless motors and different torque. For the purpose of inspecting the performance of the technique when used in position control, the brushless DC motor is mounted to an optical fiber positioner to avoid no-load running and to verify the possibility of applying it for small positioner. The detailed control scheme is introduced, the circuit is analyzed and experimental results obtained form position control experiment are shown to estimate the accuracy of the motor. The result of this paper may help to simplify the control of brushless DC motor and improve the performance of brushless DC motor.
Metrology Camera System (MCS) was designed to make a closed-loop control of the optical fiber position in Fiber Positioning System (FPS) on the focal plate of the LAMOST. The stability of the metrology platform is the key factor to the quality of camera shooting. A precise adjustable mechanism was designed in this paper to achieve the platform’s pitching and horizontal rotation adjustment. And also a vibration isolation system using Magnetic Negative Stiffness (MNS) and positive spring in parallel was designed to decrease the effect of vibration, which was caused by the multiple complex vibration loads existing in the working environment, on the platform. Furthermore, an air conditioning system using the semiconductor refrigerator and resistance heater was designed to ensure working temperature of the camera and lens in extreme temperature environments. The simulation results showed that these designs were effective to improve the stability of the metrology system
The LAMOST telescope has been officially observed for the past seven years since 2009, and many parts of the telescope are currently being upgraded. The fiber positioning unit of the focal plane instrument is also planned to be upgraded again. In order to ensure a higher positioning accuracy of the fiber positioning unit, the newly developed fiber positioning system adopts a closed-loop camera to photograph the unit fiber position in real time, and feeds back to the control system to implement multiple positioning to improve the positioning accuracy. This article focuses on an improved optical center of gravity algorithm for optical fiber location based on the optical center of gravity algorithm. The factors affecting the position measurement of the optical fiber spot are optimized, and the recognition accuracy of the spot position under different conditions is improved.
Since the large scale use of paralleled controllable fiber positioner in LAMOST, the newly designed spectral survey telescope project generally uses the fiber position unit which similar to LAMOST to obtain the target spectrum. The positioning accuracy of the fiber positioner is directly related to the performance of the telescope. In order to further improve the positioning accuracy of positioners system, it is an important way to improve the accuracy by measuring the position of the optical fiber end on the positioners by using the visual metrology system. This paper mainly introduces the research design of LAMOST closed-loop metrology system, and the closed-loop system was established in different positions within the telescope to acquire best results. The metrology system will improve the fiber positioner system operation accuracy and reliability after the completion of the entire system in the future.
The surface accuracy of astronomical telescope focal plate is a key indicator to precision stellar observation. Combined with the six DOF parallel focal plane attitude measurement instrument that had been already designed, space attitude error compensation of the attitude measurement instrument for the focal plane was studied in order to measure the deformation and surface shape of the focal plane in different space attitude accurately.
In this paper, a compact optical fiber positioner is proposed, which is especially suitable for small scale and high density optical fiber positioning. Based on the positioning principle of double rotation, positioner’s center shaft depends on planetary gear drive principle, meshing with the fixed annular gear central motor gear driving device to rotate, and the eccentric shaft rotated driving by a coaxial eccentric motor, both center and the eccentric shaft are supported by a rolling bearings; center and eccentric shaft are both designed with electrical zero as a reference point, and both of them have position-limiting capability to ensure the safety of fiber positioning; both eccentric and center shaft are designed to eliminating clearance with spring structure, and can eliminate the influence of gear gap; both eccentric and center motor and their driving circuit can be installed in the positioner’s body, and a favorable heat sink have designed, the heat bring by positioning operation can be effectively transmit to design a focal plane unit through the aluminum component, on sleeve cooling spiral airway have designed, when positioning, the cooling air flow is inlet into install hole on the focal plate, the cooling air flow can effectively take away the positioning’s heat, to eliminate the impact of the focus seeing. By measuring position device’s sample results show that: the unit accuracy reached 0.01mm, can meet the needs of fiber positioning.
In the telescope observation, the position of fiber will highly influence the spectra efficient input in the fiber to the spectrograph. When the fibers were back illuminated on the spectra end, they would export light on the positioner end, so the CCD cameras could capture the photo of fiber tip position covered the focal plane, calculates the precise position information by light centroid method and feeds back to control system. A set of fiber back illuminated system was developed which combined to the low revolution spectro instruments in LAMOST. It could provide uniform light output to the fibers, meet the requirements for the CCD camera measurement. The paper was introduced the back illuminated system design and different test for the light resource. After optimization, the effect illuminated system could compare with the integrating sphere, meet the conditions of fiber position measurement.Using parallel controlled fiber positioner as the spectroscopic receiver is an efficiency observation system for spectra survey, has been used in LAMOST recently, and will be proposed in CFHT and rebuilt telescope Mayall. In the telescope observation, the position of fiber will highly influence the spectra efficient input in the fiber to the spectrograph. When the fibers were back illuminated on the spectra end, they would export light on the positioner end, so the CCD cameras could capture the photo of fiber tip position covered the focal plane, calculates the precise position information by light centroid method and feeds back to control system. After many years on these research, the back illuminated fiber measurement was the best method to acquire the precision position of fibers. In LAMOST, a set of fiber back illuminated system was developed which combined to the low revolution spectro instruments in LAMOST. It could provide uniform light output to the fibers, meet the requirements for the CCD camera measurement and was controlled by high-level observation system which could shut down during the telescope observation. The paper was introduced the back illuminated system design and different test for the light resource. After optimization, the effect illuminated system could compare the integrating sphere, meet the conditions of fiber position measurement.
Parallel controlled fiber positioner as an efficiency observation system, has been used in LAMOST for four years, and
will be proposed in ngCFHT and rebuilt telescope Mayall. The fiber positioner research group in USTC have designed a
new generation prototype by a close-packed module robotic positioner mechanisms. The prototype includes about 150
groups fiber positioning module plugged in 1 meter diameter honeycombed focal plane. Each module has 37 12mm
diameter fiber positioners. Furthermore the new system promotes the accuracy from 40 um in LAMOST to 10um in MSDESI.
That’s a new challenge for measurement. Close-loop control system are to be used in new system. The CCD camera
captures the photo of fiber tip position covered the focal plane, calculates the precise position information and feeds back
to control system. After the positioner rotated several loops, the accuracy of all positioners will be confined to less than
10um. We report our component development and performance measurement program of new measuring system by using
multi CCD cameras. With the stereo vision and image processing method, we precisely measure the 3-demension position
of fiber tip carried by fiber positioner. Finally we present baseline parameters for the fiber positioner measurement as a
reference of next generation survey telescope design.
Multi-objects survey system because of its high efficiency have been planned to build in many telescope such as
Mayall 4m telescope and have been working well on LAMOST. The telescope could control massively robotic fiber-positioners
carried with fibers on the top, received thousand galaxies and quasi-stellar objects at one time observation.
How to measure every fiber's position accurately is the key techniques for the telescope to improve its performance.
There is a good way to measure the fiber’s position by photogrammetry with no touches measurement. The camera
could capture the position of backside illuminated fibers. In this paper we described the trial measurement for multi
positioners system in different measuring parameters, and compared these conditions which influenced the measuring
accuracy. Finally the test results were presented the baseline parameters for the measurement system to provide a site
measurement option for the positioner location.
Modern multi-spectral sky survey requires the use of greater quantity and smaller size of the fiber positioner. This paper
presents a high-density integrated optical focal plane positioning system, which includes 150 groups fiber positioning
module and a 1 meter diameter honeycomb-shaped focal plane framework in that have about 150 hexagonal hole. Each
module has a pedestal includes 37 holes and 37 fiber positioner of 11.8 mm diameter. 37 fiber positioner integrated can
greatly reduce the difficulty of the design and installation. The modular structure also facilitates maintenance and
replacement in the field of telescope, and greatly reduce the difficulty of the drive system design. Numerical simulation
results show that: the honeycomb-shaped focal plane framework whose thickness is 100mm and who is in a variety of
working positions and load conditions, its maximum deformation is about 0.02mm. This meet the needs of the
general astronomical telescopes. The positioning accuracy of test 12mm diameter fiber positioner is about 0.04 mm,
and it is expected to reach 0.01mm if have the closed-loop control.
Large sky area multi-object fiber spectroscopy telescope (LAMOST) is an innovative reflecting Schmidt telescope. One
of its key technology is 4000 dual rotational fiber robot located in the focal plane. This article analyzes the calibration
requirements of the 4000 fiber robot. And then, proposes a fast calibration method in the complex field environment, and
discribes the specific process how to obtain positioning parameters of the fiber robot rapidly.