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Strategies of primary mirror segment fabrication for CFGT
Author(s): Xinnan Li; Xiangqun Cui; Weiyuan Guo; Zheng Zhu; Guanghui Xiao; Yi Zheng
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Paper Abstract

An extremely large telescope named Chinese Future Giant Telescope (CFGT) has been presented. The primary mirror of CFGT is a 30-meter diameter hyperboloid with a focal ratio F/1.2 and it consists of over one thousand of sector-shaped segments with the size about 1.1-meter in diagonal. Based on the optical design concept and the experience of existing large segmented primary mirror, we explore the segment fabrication and testing issues in this paper. The relationship between external contour, the size and the asphericity of sub-mirror is studied. Two potential segment fabrication approaches for mass-production-scale are discussed. One is the optical replication. The other is stressed-mirror polishing. Both of two processes are tightly combined with several key techniques and devices, the ion-beam figuring, large annular polisher, and the stressed lap. Some preliminary concepts for testing of l-meter class convex/concave off-axis aspheric surface are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5494, Optical Fabrication, Metrology, and Material Advancements for Telescopes, (24 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551209
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Xinnan Li, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Xiangqun Cui, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Weiyuan Guo, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Zheng Zhu, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Guanghui Xiao, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)
Yi Zheng, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5494:
Optical Fabrication, Metrology, and Material Advancements for Telescopes
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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