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Care and cleaning of the Starfire Optical Range's 3.5-m primary mirror
Author(s): James M. Brown; Roger D. Petty
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Paper Abstract

The Starfire Optical Range (SOR) 3.5 Meter primary mirror was installed in 1993 and saw first light in February of 1994. The mirror is a monolithic faceplate backed by a honeycomb structure and coated with bare aluminum oxide. Since the mirror's installation, SOR technicians have adhered to a strict cleaning and care regimen that has proven to be very effective in preserving the optical quality of the coating. This presentation describes the care procedures used by the SOR and presents reflectivity/scatter measurements taken over the life of the coating.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4837, Large Ground-based Telescopes, (4 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457970
Show Author Affiliations
James M. Brown, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Roger D. Petty, Boeing-LTS (United States)
Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4837:
Large Ground-based Telescopes
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Larry M. Stepp, Editor(s)

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