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1 February 1994 Enabling advanced mirror blank design through modern optical fabrication technology
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Mirror blanks used in high-reliability optical systems for airborne and spaceborne applications have many requirements in terms of weight, stiffness and moment of inertia, as well as mounting and gravitational influences. Lightweight and ultra-lightweight mirror blank design techniques have been enhanced by recent technological developments in mirror blank fabrication and optical figuring. This paper briefly reviews traditional mirror blank design considerations in light of new fabrication technologies such as abrasive water jet machining of mirror cores and ion figuring of optical surfaces. The impact of these new technologies on mirror blank design is also discussed, as well as new design and analytical techniques using NASTRAN. Actual production data using these techniques are presented.
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Timothy J. Wilson and Victor L. Genberg "Enabling advanced mirror blank design through modern optical fabrication technology", Proc. SPIE 1994, Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing IV, (1 February 1994); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.167967
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