24 July 2014 New facilities for Al+MgF2 coating for 2-m class mirrors for UV
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The World Space Observatory--Ultraviolet (WSO--UV) project is a Russian-Spanish space mission for spectroscopic and imaging observations in the UV domain (115-320 nm) where some of the most important astrophysical processes can be efficiently studied with unprecedented capability. In the horizon of the next decade, WSO--UV will be the only mission with the large primary mirror fully devoted for UV studies. The observatory includes a 170 cm aperture telescope capable of high-resolution spectroscopy, long slit low-resolution spectroscopy, and deep UV imaging. The telescope T-170M is a Ritchey-Chrétien with a F/10 focal ratio and a corrected field of view of 0.5 degrees. Specific data on the WSO-UV project (telescope, satellite, orbit, launcher, ground segment, etc.) are given in [1-6]. The current status of the WSO-UV focal plane instruments, their status of implementation, and the expected performances are presented in [7]. The science drivers of the WSO-UV mission are described in [8, 9]. The main WSO-UV instruments, spectrographs (WUVS instrument) and imagers (ISSIS instrument) are described in [10-13] and [14-15] correspondingly. The prospects of stellar studies with WSO-UV are presented in papers [16-17]. A paper [18] describes our experience of using the DP-190 glue for adhesive attachment of a large space mirror and its rim. In the instrument compartment, see Figure 1, the optical bench (OB) – used as reference plane for all the onboard instrumentation – is aligned and maintained in the correct position with respect to the primary mirror (PM) using a three rods system. An imaging instrument ISSIS is mounted on the upper basis of the optical bench, in the space available between the PM and the OB itself, while spectrographs (WUVS instrument) are mounted to the OB bottom basis. One of the primary tasks in creating telescope’s PM is to apply coating with required reflective and protective properties. Aluminum is a well known reflecting coating for wavelength above 120 nm [19] with reflectivity more than 90% at wavelength longer than 200 nm, but the spectral range from 700 to 900 nm, where it’s lowest value of reflectivity is 86% at 850 nm. That makes aluminum one of the best coating materials in the creating a mirror for operations in vacuum ultraviolet. However, the aluminum membrane is prone to oxidization, so applying the protecting coating is essential. Magnesium fluoride is one of the few materials transparent in the UV range [20]. In this contribution, capacities of new facilities in LUCH company that are created for World Space Observatory – Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) project are described in Section 2, the process of applying Al + MgF2 coating workout is presented in Section 3, results of applying Al+MgF2 coating for WSO-UV primary mirror are presented in Section 4 and a brief summary are provided in the concluding Section 5.
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Valery Zhupanov, Oleg Vlasenko, Mikhail Sachkov, Viktor Fedoseev, "New facilities for Al+MgF2 coating for 2-m class mirrors for UV", Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 914435 (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055737; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055737


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