28 July 2014 Ion figuring of large prototype mirror segments for the E-ELT
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At INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Brera a study is under way to explore the problems related to the ion beam figuring of full scale Zerodur hexagonal mirrors of M1 for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), having size of 1.4 m corner to corner. During this study it is initially foreseen the figuring of a scaled down version mirror of the same material having size of 1 m corner to corner to assess the relevant figuring problems and issues. This specific mirror has a radius of curvature of 3 m, which allows for easy interferometric measurement. A mechanical support was designed to minimize its deformations due to the gravity. The Ion Beam Figuring Facility used for this study has been recently completed in the Brera Observatory and has a figuring area of 140 cm x 170 cm. It employs a Kaufman ion source having 50 mm grids mounted on three axis. This system has been designed and developed to be autonomous and self-monitoring during the figuring process. The software and the mathematical tools used to compute the dwell time solution have been developed at INAF-OAB as well. Aim of this study is the estimation and optimization of the time requested to correct the surface adopting strategies to mitigate the well-known thermal problems related to the Zerodur material. In this paper, the results obtained figuring the 1 m corner-to-corner test segment are reported.
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M. Ghigo, M. Ghigo, G. Vecchi, G. Vecchi, S. Basso, S. Basso, O. Citterio, O. Citterio, M. Civitani, M. Civitani, E. Mattaini, E. Mattaini, G. Pareschi, G. Pareschi, G. Sironi, G. Sironi, } "Ion figuring of large prototype mirror segments for the E-ELT", Proc. SPIE 9151, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 91510Q (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056769; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056769
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