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Membrane telescopes: useful in ground-based astronomy?
Author(s): James R. Rotge; Dan K. Marker; Brian J. Lutz; Dennis C. Duneman
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Paper Abstract

There is a considerable and growing interest in the use of thin membrane mirrors for optical and infrared systems in space. The possibility of very large, monolithic light-collecting apertures with extremely low areal densities is strong motivation for developing the various technologies that might allow the realization of such systems. During the course of working toward space deployable, large mirror systems, we are also aware of possible ground-based applications of membrane optical elements. This paper briefly discusses some of our recent work and progress with membrane mirror elements, and possible future directions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4493, High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications III, (1 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454715
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James R. Rotge, Boeing Co. (United States)
Dan K. Marker, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Brian J. Lutz, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Dennis C. Duneman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4493:
High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications III
John D. Gonglewski; Mikhail A. Vorontsov; Mark T. Gruneisen, Editor(s)

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