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Manufacturing and metrology tooling for the Solar-A Soft X-Ray Telescope
Author(s): Warren R. Sigman; L. V. Burns; C. Gregory Hull-Allen; Albert F. Slomba; Ray G. Kusha
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Paper Abstract

The Solar-A Soft X-Ray telescope will be launched aboard the Japanese Solar-A Satellite in 1991, to study the sun during the next period of sunspot activity. The mechanical and optical design of this monolithic, near 2 arc-sec image quality Nariai Telescope was developed previously as explained in reference 1 and depicted in Figure 2.0. Successful achievement of the aggressive performance goals for this design required precision manufacturing and assembly, and accurate metrology to verify results. In fact, more than three-fourths of the error budget was allocated to manufacturing and meirology errors because of the recognized difficulty in producing and measuring the precision grazing-incident optical surfaces. To obtain the anufacturing precision and metrology accuracy desired, specialized tooling had to be designed to support and mount the optical substrate during the fabrication, surface metrology, alignment and assembly processes. The design considerations, the substantiating structural analyses performed and the resulting successful application of this specialized tooling are reported here in to show the difficulties often encountered in developing "support" equipment to achieve desired results in the final product.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1333, Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22824
Show Author Affiliations
Warren R. Sigman, United Technologies Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
L. V. Burns, United Technologies Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
C. Gregory Hull-Allen, United Technologies Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
Albert F. Slomba, United Technologies Optical Systems (United States)
Ray G. Kusha, United Technologies Optical Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1333:
Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing
Gregory M. Sanger; Paul B. Reid; Lionel R. Baker, Editor(s)

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