Rapid fabrication strategies for primary and secondary mirrors at Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory

D. Anderson, H. Martin, J. Burge, D. Ketelsen, S. West

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Abstract

The pursuit of economical fabrication of large (8 m) fast (< f/2), astronomical optics has led to the development of efficient fabrication and testing methods at the Mirror Lab. These methods rely on a mix of advanced technology blended with some traditional practices. Two fabrication strategies have been developed, one or primary mirrors and one for secondary mirrors. Both of these plans rely heavily on the use of the stressed lap both as a grinder as well as for polishing. For secondary fabrication novel methods of testing the convex, severely aspheric mirrors are used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-210
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume2199
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1994
EventAdvanced Technology Optical Telescopes V 1994 - Kailua, Kona, United States
Duration: Mar 13 1994Mar 18 1994

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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