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22 July 2014 Measuring transmission and forces from observatory equipment vibration
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We describe measurements of both the vibration forces imparted by various types of observatory equipment, and the transmission of these forces through the soil, foundations and telescope pier. These are key uncertainties both in understanding how to mitigate vibration at existing observatories and for developing a vibration budget in the design of future observatories such as the Thirty Meter Telescope. Typical vibration surveys have measured only the resulting motion (acceleration); however, this depends on both the source and the system being excited (for example, isolating equipment results in less force being transmitted, but greater motion of the equipment itself). Instead, here we (a) apply a known force input to the pier from a shaker and measure the response at different locations, and (b) use isolator properties combined with measured acceleration to infer the forces applied by various equipment directly. The soil foundation and pier transmission can then be combined with a finite element model based vibration transmission analysis to estimate the optical consequences. Estimates of plausible source levels supports the development of a vibration budget for TMT that allocates allowable forces to the sources of vibration; this is described in a companion paper.
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Hugh Thompson, Doug G. MacMartin, Peter W. G. Byrnes, Daigo Tomono, and Hiroshi Terada "Measuring transmission and forces from observatory equipment vibration", Proc. SPIE 9145, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes V, 91454G (22 July 2014);

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