The LSST calibration hardware system design and Development

Fisher Levine Merlin, Patrick Ingraham, Christopher W. Stubbs, Chuck Claver, Robert Lupton, Constanza Araujo, Ming Liang, John Andrewa, Jeff Barr, Kairn Brannon, Michael Coughlin, William Gressler, Jacques Sebag, Sandrine Thomas, Oliver Wiecha, Peter Yoachim

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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is currently under construction and upon completion will perform precision photometry over the visible sky at a 3-day cadence. To meet the stringent relative photometry goals, LSST will employ multiple calibration systems to measure and compensate for systematic errors. This paper describes the design and development of these systems including: A dedicated calibration telescope and spectrograph to measure the atmospheric transmission function, a collimated beam projector to characterize the spatial dependence of the LSST transmission function and a at field screen illumination system to measure the high-frequency variations in the global system response function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI
EditorsHeather K. Marshall, Helen J. Hall, Roberto Gilmozzi
ISBN (Electronic)9781510601918
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jul 1 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceGround-Based and Airborne Telescopes VI
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Atmospheric transmission
  • Calibration
  • LSST
  • Operations
  • Photometry
  • Spectrograph


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