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28 July 2010 The LSST camera corner raft conceptual design: a front-end for guiding and wavefront sensing
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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a proposed ground based telescope that will perform a comprehensive astronomical survey by imaging the entire visible sky in a continuous series of short exposures. Four special purpose rafts, mounted at the corners of the LSST science camera, contain wavefront sensors and guide sensors. Wavefront measurements are accomplished using curvature sensing, in which the spatial intensity distribution of stars is measured at equal distances on either side of focus by CCD detectors. The four Corner Rafts also each hold two guide sensors. The guide sensors monitor the locations of bright stars to provide feedback that controls and maintains the tracking of the telescope during an exposure. The baseline sensor for the guider is a Hybrid Visible Silicon hybrid-CMOS detector. We present here a conceptual mechanical and electrical design for the LSST Corner Rafts that meets the requirements imposed by the camera structure, and the precision of both the wavefront reconstruction and the tracking. We find that a single design can accommodate two guide sensors and one split-plane wavefront sensor integrated into the four corner locations in the camera.
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Kirk Arndt, Vincent Riot, Enver Alagoz, Alec Biccum, Andy Bohn, Joseph Clampit, Tony Coiro, Wei Cui, Liz Hoffman, Alan Lichti, Desiree Skaggs, Ian Shipsey, Matt Triano, Bo Xin, Kat Ziegler, John Oliver, Richard Van Berg, Gunther Haller, Leonid Sapozhnikov, and Scot Olivier "The LSST camera corner raft conceptual design: a front-end for guiding and wavefront sensing", Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773662 (28 July 2010);

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