2 August 2014 Smart materials optical mirrors
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Abstract
We report the fabrication of imaging quality optical mirrors with smooth surfaces using carbon nanotubes embedded in an epoxy matrix. CNT/epoxy is a multifunctional or ‘smart’ composite material that has sensing capabilities and can be made to incorporate self-actuation as well. Moreover, since the precursor is a low density liquid, large and lightweight mirrors can be fabricated by processes such as replication, spincasting, and 3D printing. The technology therefore holds promise for development of a new generation of lightweight, compact ‘smart’ telescope mirrors with figure sensing and active or adaptive figure control. We report on measurements made of optical and mechanical characteristics. We discuss possible paths for future development.
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Peter C. Chen, Peter C. Chen, Douglas M. Rabin, Douglas M. Rabin, } "Smart materials optical mirrors", Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 914350 (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057035; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057035
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