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4 February 2003 Replication as an alternative approach for large segmented telescopes
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The next generation of optical/IR telescopes will require large numbers of co-phased segmented mirrors. Therefore, some form of replication technology is desirable to reduce costs. Electroforming has the advantage that it is a commercially developed technology for replication, and the technology has been widely used for making X-ray mirrors (e.g. XMM-Newton). Composite materials are appealing, since a great deal of development work as been done with composites as well. There are 3 areas that need to be addressed: replication with minimal stress so as to produce a high quality figure; attachment of support of the mirror segment so as to maintain the figure quality; and, thermal control requirements. Here we present a discussion of the requirements that lead us to select replication as the fabrication technology and the advantages of replication. We report on our first results of making a concave mirror and testing support methods of flats.
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Melville P. Ulmer, Robert I. Altkorn, Edward D. Kibblewhite, and Steve Varlese "Replication as an alternative approach for large segmented telescopes", Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003);


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