1 July 1990 Progress toward making lightweight 8-m mirrors of short focal length
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Abstract
A technique has been developed for casting glass in the form of a honeycomb structure possessing good stiffness despite its low weight, and facilitating thermal control via forced ventilation of the honeycomb cells. To date, 3.5 m diameter mirrors of this type have been successfully cast; fully 8 m diameter mirrors are expected to be cast by 1992. No mirror of diameter as large as 8 m has ever been polished, however, and the difficulties which will be encountered shall be compounded by the shorter focal lengths required for advanced telescopic optics. A novel method, designated 'stressed lap polishing', has been developed to address these problems.
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James Roger P. Angel, Warren B. Davison, John M. Hill, Edward J. Mannery, Hubert M. Martin, "Progress toward making lightweight 8-m mirrors of short focal length", Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19273; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.19273
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