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Large-diameter holographically corrected membrane telescope
Author(s): Geoff P. Andersen; Randall J. Knize; Arthur Palisoc; Costas Cassapakis
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Paper Abstract

Next generation space telescopes with apertures >10m will require novel technologies to permit lightweight primaries to operate at the diffraction limit in the optical regime. One solution is to construct a telescope from a lightweight, membrane primary, which is holographically corrected for surface distortions, in situ. We have demonstrated the correction of >10,000 waves of error in a 1-m diameter primary having an areal mass of just 17 grams per square meter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4849, Highly Innovative Space Telescope Concepts, (18 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.460451
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Geoff P. Andersen, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Randall J. Knize, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)
Arthur Palisoc, L'Garde, Inc. (United States)
Costas Cassapakis, L'Garde, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4849:
Highly Innovative Space Telescope Concepts
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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