Proceedings PaperSelecting mirror materials for high-performance optical systems
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The properties of four candidate mirror materials--beryllium, silicon carbide, a silicon carbide/aluminum iretal-matrix carposite and aluminum--are corrpared. Because of its high specific stiffness and dirrensional stability under changing mschanical and thermal loads , beryllium is the best choice . Berjllium mirrors have been made irore cost-conpetitive by new processing technologies in which mirror blanks are isostatically pressed to near-net shape directly fran beiyllium pc1ers. Isostatic pressing also improves material properties and mskes it possible to develop mirror rraterials with superior properties.