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Research on mirror lateral support of large astronomical telescope
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Paper Abstract

Mirror support system of astronomical telescope is composed of axial support and lateral support. In traditional telescope, because the contribution of lateral support to surface distortion is less than axial support, there are usually few lateral support methods such as lever counterweight, hydrostatic pressure and steel strap in the past. With increase of diameter to thickness ratio and use of strongly concave mirrors, lateral support is becoming more complicated and important than before. At the same time, application of segmented mirror make it impossible to support periphery of mirror, so, some new schemes have been designed to meet requirement of large segmented-mirror telescope. This paper introduces some classic and recent methods of lateral support for large telescope and gives some results of finite element analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6148, 2nd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes, 61480Y (30 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.674129
Show Author Affiliations
Xuefei Gong, National Astronomical Observatories/NIAOT (China)
Graduate School, CAS (China)
Xiangqun Cui, National Astronomical Observatories/NIAOT (China)
Graduate School, CAS (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6148:
2nd International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes
Yudong Zhang; Wenhan Jiang; Myung K. Cho, Editor(s)

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