23 July 2008 Active control of edges and global microstructure on segmented mirrors
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In this paper we address two interrelated issues important to primary mirror segments for extremely large telescopes - edge-control, and the detailed topography over the segment surface. Both affect the intensity and distribution of stray light and infrared emissivity. CNC polishing processes typically deploy spiral or raster tool-paths, tending to leave repetitive features. We compare and contrast two novel families of pseudo-random tool-paths for Precessions CNC polishing. We then show how CNC control of the three-dimensional tool-path can optimize edge-profiles. Finally, we demonstrate fluid-jet polishing used to clean up residual edge defects.
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D. D. Walker, D. D. Walker, A. Beaucamp, A. Beaucamp, C. Dunn, C. Dunn, R. Evans, R. Evans, R. Freeman, R. Freeman, R. Morton, R. Morton, S. Wei, S. Wei, G. Yu, G. Yu, } "Active control of edges and global microstructure on segmented mirrors", Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 701812 (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787930; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787930

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