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Fabrication of a lightweight beryllium one-meter f/0.58 ellipsoidal mirror
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Paper Abstract

A program to fabricate a large, optically fast, aspheric lightweight Be mirror was initiated in order to demonstrate state-of-the-art technology. The mirror blank was fabricated as a 1.0 m diameter, f/0.58 ellipse directly from IP-70 grade powder using near-net-shape hot isostatic pressing (HIPing) and a patented tooling approach that produced a closed back, honeycomb- cored mirror weighing less than 18 kg. Details of the mirror design and of the assembly for HIPing are given. The blank was HIPed, leached, and machined to final shape with all design goals met. The as-HIPed blank was within +/- 0.5 mm in all dimensions and the radius of curvature was within 0.2 of target. The mirror was loose-abrasive ground using plunge grinding with a full-size tool, then polished using a full-size flexible pitch lap. In-process metrology utilized a special-purpose swing-arm profilometer with demonstrated accuracy and repeatability of

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1618, Large Optics II, (26 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58043
Show Author Affiliations
Roger A. Paquin, Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)
George J. Gardopee, Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1618:
Large Optics II
Robert E. Parks, Editor(s)

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