6 July 2006 Manufacture of a 1.7m prototype of the GMT primary mirror segments
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We have nearly completed the manufacture of a 1.7 m off-axis mirror as part of the technology development for the Giant Magellan Telescope. The mirror is an off-axis section of a 5.3 m f/0.73 parent paraboloid, making it roughly a 1:5 model of the outer 8.4 m GMT segment. The 1.7 m mirror will be the primary mirror of the New Solar Telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory. It has a 2.7 mm peak-to-valley departure from the best-fit sphere, presenting a serious challenge in terms of both polishing and measurement. The mirror was polished with a stressed lap, which bends actively to match the local curvature at each point on the mirror surface, and works for asymmetric mirrors as well as symmetric aspheres. It was measured using a hybrid reflective-diffractive null corrector to compensate for the mirror's asphericity. Both techniques will be applied in scaled-up versions to the GMT segments.
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H. M. Martin, H. M. Martin, J. H. Burge, J. H. Burge, S. M. Miller, S. M. Miller, B. K. Smith, B. K. Smith, R. Zehnder, R. Zehnder, C. Zhao, C. Zhao, "Manufacture of a 1.7m prototype of the GMT primary mirror segments", Proc. SPIE 6273, Optomechanical Technologies for Astronomy, 62730G (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672105; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.672105
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