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Surface distortions of a 4-meter segmented primary mirror subjected to thermal distributions
Author(s): Chengtan Zhao; Jixiang Yan; Xiaofang Zhang; Yan Wen
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Paper Abstract

A new type of space telescope program is developing technology which is to be used in the design of a 4-meter segmented mirror telescope. One acceptable configuration being considered for the primary mirror is a lightweight honeycomb sandwich structure segmented mirror. There can be optically-significant distortions when the primary mirror is exposed to typical thermal environment. This paper discusses the surface distortions subjected to thermal distributions. Finite element analyses were performed to predict the optical surface distortions of the 4-meter primary mirror due to the effects of thermal variations. The temperature patterns were described by a least-squares fit to a polynomial expression, and the polynomial was then used to predict temperature patterns. The finite softwares were also used to analyze cases of axial gradients, radial gradients and the local thermal gradients etc. The result from the finite element analysis is analyzed, and is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6018, 5th International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine, 60181K (8 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669391
Show Author Affiliations
Chengtan Zhao, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Jixiang Yan, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Xiaofang Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Yan Wen, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6018:
5th International Workshop on Adaptive Optics for Industry and Medicine
Wenhan Jiang, Editor(s)

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