1 November 1990 Selecting mirror materials for high-performance optical systems
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Abstract
The properties of four candidate mirror materials--beryllium, silicon carbide, a silicon carbide/aluminum iretal-matrix carposite and aluminum--are corrpared. Because of its high specific stiffness and dirrensional stability under changing mschanical and thermal loads , beryllium is the best choice . Berjllium mirrors have been made irore cost-conpetitive by new processing technologies in which mirror blanks are isostatically pressed to near-net shape directly fran beiyllium pc1ers. Isostatic pressing also improves material properties and mskes it possible to develop mirror rraterials with superior properties.
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Thomas B. Parsonage, "Selecting mirror materials for high-performance optical systems", Proc. SPIE 1335, Dimensional Stability, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22885; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.22885
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