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Reflector adjustment for a large radio telescope based on active optics
Li Tongying; Zhang Zhenchao; Li Aihua; Wang You
Source PublicationSoftware and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
PagesVol.8451 1P-1-7
Conference Date2012-7-1
Conference PlaceAmsterdam, Netherlands
Funding OrganizationThe International Society for Optical Engineering
The reflector deformation caused by gravity, temperature, humidity, wind loading and so on can reduce the global performance of a large radio telescope. In this paper, considering the characteristics of the primary reflector of a 13.7 m millimeter-wave telescope a novel reflector adjustment method based on active optics has therefore been proposed to control the active surface of the reflector through the communication between the active surface computer and embedded intelligent controller with a large quantity of displacement actuators, in which the active surface computer estimates and
controls the real time active surface figure at any elevation angle, reduces or eliminates the adverse effects of the reflector deformation to increase the resolution and sensitivity of the radio telescope due to the more radio signals collected. A Controller Area Network /Ethernet protocol converter is designed for the communication between the active surface control computer as a host computer in Ethernet and the displacement actuator controller in Controller Area Network. The displacement actuator is driven by a stepper motor and controlled by an intelligent controller with the data from the active surface computer. The closed-loop control of the stepper motor improves the control accuracy greatly through the feedback link based on the optical encoder.
Keyword13.7 m Millimeter-wave Telescope Active Surface Displacement Actuator Intelligent Controller Controller Area Network /ethernet Protocol Converter
Subject Area射电望远镜 ; 主动光学
Document Type会议论文
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Li Tongying,Zhang Zhenchao,Li Aihua,et al. Reflector adjustment for a large radio telescope based on active optics[C]:SPIE,2012:Vol.8451 1P-1-7.
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