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Rapid fabrication strategies for primary and secondary mirrors at Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory
Author(s): David S. Anderson; Hubert M. Martin; James H. Burge; Dean A. Ketelsen; Steve C. West
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Paper 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 for 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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2199, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176190
Show Author Affiliations
David S. Anderson, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
Hubert M. Martin, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
James H. Burge, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
Dean A. Ketelsen, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)
Steve C. West, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2199:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes V
Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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