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ULE channeled mirror fabrication
Author(s): Julie Spangenberg-Jolley; Thomas W. Hobbs; Gary Proulx
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Paper Abstract

ULETM, a zero expansion glass, offers many advantages as mirror blank material due to its thermal and mechanical properties as well as the flexibility it offers in design and fabrication. Produced by the flame hydrolysis process, this titanium silicate has high homogeneity of Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) that can be determined within any piece of ULE by nondestructive ultrasonic measurements. The ability to fusion-seal the glass while maintaining strength offers mirror manufacturing design freedom. Coming has produced a 12 inch square plano blank and a 24 inch diameter meniscus, both fabricated with cooling channels, using existing fusion techniques. The square blank was manufactured by actually machining grooves into the plates prior to fusing them together. The meniscus production consisted of fusing bars of ULE between the two outside plates. The meniscus was subsequently thermally tested by NOAO. A 4 meter solid monolithic meniscus with cooling channels is an extension of this fusion technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1236, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19244
Show Author Affiliations
Julie Spangenberg-Jolley, Corning Incorporated (United States)
Thomas W. Hobbs, Corning Incorporated (United States)
Gary Proulx, Corning Incorporated (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1236:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes IV
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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