Gemini Preprint #52

Gemini Primary Mirror Control System: Design, Implementation and Experience

J. F. Maclean
Gemini Observatory Northern Operations Center, 670 N. A'ohoku Place, Hilo HI 96720


The Gemini Primary Mirror Control System is a distributed control system responsible for definition, figure and temperature control of the 8.1m diameter meniscus primary mirror of the Gemini telescopes. This paper describes the major design and implementation issues of the system and the experience to date of commissioning it.

To appear in Proc. SPIE 4004, "Telescope Structures, Enclosures, Controls, Assembly/Integration/Validation, and Commissioning".

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Ruth A. Kneale / / March 8, 2000