Flat membrane mirrors for space telescopes

Brian Stamper, Roger Angel, James Burge, Neville Woolf

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Current work concentrates on making optically flat mirrors using stretched membranes. Very lightweight mirrors can be made that only require a rigid support at the perimeter of the membrane. Contact with the membrane need not be continuous, only discrete attachment points are required to tension the material. Initial results of useable area as a function of the number of attach points will be given. Experimental fixtures demonstrating methods of forming a flat membrane are shown. The potential for nearly flat mirrors is mentioned including one method of implementation. Surface measurements are also contrasted for different materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-136
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventImaging Technology and Telescopes - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 30 2000Jul 31 2000

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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