11 November 1999 Manufacturing and testing an 8.3-m astronomical mirror
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Abstract
The optical manufacturing facilities, equipment and processes used to manufacture and test an 8.3 meter diameter primary mirror are described. The very successful first light of the SUBARU telescope gives the final confirmation of the manufacturing and testing procedures. This achievement resulted from the cooperative efforts of three organizations working together to produce what is currently the largest and best optical quality monolithic 8 meter class astronomical telescope. The processes outlined here have set a new standard in optical quality for all future large astronomical instruments.
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W. Scott Smith, John F. Hraba, George W. Jones, "Manufacturing and testing an 8.3-m astronomical mirror", Proc. SPIE 3782, Optical Manufacturing and Testing III, (11 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.369238; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.369238
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