CFRP panel concept design study for the CCAT

Robert N. Martin, Robert C. Romeo, Jeffrey S. Kingsley

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4 Scopus citations


Under contract from the Cornell-Caltech Atacama Telescope Project (CCAT), Composite Mirror Applications, Inc. (CMA) has undertaken a feasibility design study for the use of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) panels in forming the primary mirror surface. We review some of the past projects using CFRP panel technology for millimeter and submillimeter wavelength radio astronomy telescopes. Pros and cons of the technology are discussed. A particular panel configuration was proposed and computer modeled with finite element analysis (FEA). The technology of replicated CFRP panels for short wavelength radio astronomical telescopes is mature and cost effective. For shorter wavelengths into the IR and visible, it is becoming a very attractive alternative to traditional, heavy glass or metal technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
StatePublished - 2006
EventOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 24 2006May 31 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6273 I
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptomechanical Technologies for Astronomy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • CFRP
  • Reflector panel
  • Submillimeter
  • Telescope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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