6 March 2001 Ultralightweight active mirror technology at the University of Arizona
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Proceedings Volume 4198, Optomechanical Engineering 2000; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417346
Event: Intelligent Systems and Smart Manufacturing, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
Abstract
Lightweight mirrors for space can be made using a thin flexible substrate for the optical surface and a rigid lightweight frame with actuators for support. The accuracy of the optical surface is actively maintained by adjusting the actuators using feedback from wavefront measurements. The University of Arizona is now in the final stages of fabricating two such mirrors. A 2-m NGST Mirror System Demonstrator, with an areal density of 13 kg/m2, is being built for NASA and will be tested at cryogenic temperatures. A 50 cm development mirror, with an areal density of only 5 kg/m2, is also being fabricated. This paper discusses the fabrication processes involved with both of these mirrors.
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James H. Burge, James H. Burge, Dave Baiocchi, Dave Baiocchi, Brian Cuerden, Brian Cuerden, } "Ultralightweight active mirror technology at the University of Arizona", Proc. SPIE 4198, Optomechanical Engineering 2000, (6 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417346; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417346
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