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20 July 2010 A new MOS mask cutter facility at Gemini/Cerro Tololo observatories
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The installation and commissioning of a new laser cutter facility in La Serena, Chile is a cooperative effort between Gemini Observatory and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. This system enables the cutting of aluminum and carbon fiber slit masks for three multi-object spectrographs operating in Chile: GMOS-S, Flamingos-2, and Goodman spectrograph. Selection of the new laser cutter tool was based on slit mask specifications developed for two materials. Prior to the commissioning all slit mask production was performed at Gemini's Northern base facility with a similar laser cutter system. The new facility supports two observatories and enhances the capabilities for both. This paper will discuss the observatory arrangement with respect to mask data tracking and handling. The laser system and facility will be discussed along with mask cutting performance, process development and manufacturing methods.
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Robert T. Wyman, Gelys Trancho, and Roberto Tighe "A new MOS mask cutter facility at Gemini/Cerro Tololo observatories", Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77355A (20 July 2010);

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