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BATC testbed segmented mirror design, assembly, and operation
Author(s): Bryan Martin; Paul D. Atcheson; Phillip C. Quigley
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Paper Abstract

Understanding segmented mirror operation is crucial to the development of future space-based optical systems such as the Next Generation Space Telescope. Several non-standard effects must be understood and experienced through simulation and experimentation, including segment-to-segment edge discontinuities, edge diffraction, and segment lateral displacement. Simulation provides an initial understanding of the imaging impacts of these effects, while experimentation supplies the necessary operational experience of measuring and correcting them. An integral assembly within the BATC Wavefront Control Testbed is a quadrant segmented spherical concave mirror that provides the input to the wavefront error sensing subassembly. The segments are individually mounted, with 4 degrees of freedom of automated commandable movement. This paper discusses the design requirements, components, operation, and performance of the mirror and mirror mount assembly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3785, Advanced Telescope Design, Fabrication, and Control, (29 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.367615
Show Author Affiliations
Bryan Martin, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Paul D. Atcheson, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Phillip C. Quigley, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3785:
Advanced Telescope Design, Fabrication, and Control
William Roybal, Editor(s)

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