Cryogenic magnetic bearing scanning mechanism design for the SPICA/SAFARI Fourier Transform Spectrometer
TNO Industrie en Techniek
van den Dool, T.C.
van Loon, D.
TNO, together with its partners Micromega and SRON, have designed a cryogenic scanning mechanism for use in the SAFARI Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) on board of the SPICA mission. The optics of the FTS scanning mechanism (FTSM) consists of two back-to-back cat's-eyes. The optics are mounted on a central "back-bone" tube which houses all the important mechatronic parts: the magnetic bearing linear guiding system, a magnetic linear motor serving as the OPD actuator, internal metrology with nanometer resolution, and a launch lock. A magnetic bearing is employed to enable a large scanning stroke in a small volume. It supports the optics in a freefloating way with no friction, or other non-linearities, enabling sub-nanometer accuracy within a single stage with a stroke of -4 mm to +31.5 mm. Because the FTSM will be used at cryogenic temperatures of 4 Kelvin, the main structure and optics are all constructed from 6061 Aluminum. The overall outside dimensions of the FTSM are: 393 × 130 × 125 mm, and the mass is 2.2 kg. © 2010 SPIE.
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Mechatronics, Mechanics & Materials Physics & Electronics
OM - Opto-Mechatronics SSE - Space Systems Engineering
TS - Technical Sciences
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-Based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 27 June - 2 July 2010, San Diego, CA, USA, 7739 (7739)
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering