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Second Target Station Project Steerable Optic Design & Testing Report...

by Van B Graves, Douglas R Bruce, Matthew A Kyte, Matthew R Pearson
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ORNL Report
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Multiple neutron scattering instrument concepts for the Spallation Neutron Source's Second Target Station (STS) incorporate advanced neutron optic designs which incorporate discrete mirrors rather than continuous neutron guides that were the standard for instruments in the First Target Station. These mirrors can be a few to several meters in length and must be stably supported and aligned as a single optic. In addition, due to the length of the STS instruments and the small size of the STS neutron beams, installation and alignment at the micron level of precision will be required, which is beyond the ability of today's survey & alignment technology. Thus, a means of remotely adjusting these mirrors with single digit micron resolution is needed. A Steerable Optic System was designed to provide the precision and resolution required to support and manipulate these large, heavy optics under beamline shielding. A mockup was developed to demonstrate and validate this system for use in neutron optic applications, and this document describes the design and testing results of that mockup.