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Coating and cleaning of the Subaru Telescope mirrors
Author(s): Takeshi Noguchi; Tomio Kanzawa; Tomio Kurakami; Saeko S. Hayashi; Masami Yutani; Norio Oshima; Masao Nakagiri; Kiichi Okita; Katsumi Imi; Robert Potter; Goro Sasaki; Yukiko Kamata; Tsuyoshi Ishikawa
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Paper Abstract

After the initial coating of the 8.3-m primary mirror of the Subaru Telescope in November 1998, we have conducted the first re-aluminization in August 1999. The primary mirror washing fixture worked efficiently for stripping the old coating and for washing the surface. Dry process is still to be improved. Suite of secondary and tertiary mirrors are being tested at the telescope, two of which were coated in- house, one in silver for the infrared observations and the other in aluminum for the optical observations, respectively. Evaluation of the coating film is conducted in two methods. Using a portable microScan, the reflectivity and the BRDF numbers of the primary mirror is monitored. Reflectivity over a wide range of the wavelength is measured in the witness mirrors. The preliminary data shows reasonably good number for the telescope optics. The in-situ cleaning of the primary mirror with solid and gaseous CO2 sprinkle arms is operating once every month. Next step for the coating chamber commissioning is to improve the heating capacity for silver coating of the infrared secondary and tertiary mirrors, and the experiment for silver coating is going.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4003, Optical Design, Materials, Fabrication, and Maintenance, (20 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391529
Show Author Affiliations
Takeshi Noguchi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Tomio Kanzawa, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Tomio Kurakami, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Saeko S. Hayashi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Masami Yutani, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Norio Oshima, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Masao Nakagiri, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Kiichi Okita, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Katsumi Imi, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Robert Potter, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Goro Sasaki, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Yukiko Kamata, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, Mitsubishi Electric Co. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4003:
Optical Design, Materials, Fabrication, and Maintenance
Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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