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Ultralightweight silicon carbide mirror design
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Paper Abstract

Silicon carbide mirrors have been made ultra lightweight with an areal density below 10 kg/mm2 and have been made in sizes as large as 1.2 meters in diameter. The CERAFORM SiC process provides a cost-effective means to make lightweight substrates in either the open back or closed back form. Optical finishes below 10 angstrom rms have been achieved on both the chemical vapor deposited beta phase and the silicon infiltrated alpha phase. COmplex structures with triangular, square, or hexagonal core geometry has been produced with web thicknesses as thin as 0.015 inches and depth to diameter aspect ratios as large as 50:1. By designing to specific sectional stiffness, SiC offers performance which exceeds that of beryllium and glass, especially in extreme thermal environments. By polishing bare CERAFORM SiC to better than 10 angstrom rms, the single greatest impediment to SiC being used as an optical material was resolved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2857, Advanced Materials for Optical and Precision Structures, (11 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258289
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Mark A. Ealey, Xinetics Inc. (United States)
John A. Wellman, Xinetics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2857:
Advanced Materials for Optical and Precision Structures
Mark A. Ealey, Editor(s)

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