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Manufacture of a combined primary and tertiary mirror for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Author(s): H. M. Martin; J. H. Burge; B. Cuerden; W. B. Davison; J. S. Kingsley; R. D. Lutz; S. M. Miller; M. Tuell
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Paper Abstract

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope uses a unique optomechanical design that places the primary and tertiary mirrors on a single glass substrate. The honeycomb sandwich mirror blank was formed in March 2008 by spin-casting. The surface is currently a paraboloid with a 9.9 m focal length matching the primary. The deeper curve of the tertiary mirror will be produced when the surfaces are generated. Both mirrors will be lapped and polished using stressed laps and other tools on an 8.4 m polishing machine. The highly aspheric primary mirror will be measured through a refractive null lens, and a computer-generated hologram will be used to validate the null lens. The tertiary mirror will be measured through a diffractive null corrector, also validated with a separate hologram. The holograms for the two tests provide alignment references that will be used to make the axes of the two surfaces coincide.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7018, Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation, 70180G (23 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789959
Show Author Affiliations
H. M. Martin, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
J. H. Burge, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
B. Cuerden, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
W. B. Davison, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
J. S. Kingsley, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
R. D. Lutz, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
S. M. Miller, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)
M. Tuell, The Univ. of Arizona, Steward Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7018:
Advanced Optical and Mechanical Technologies in Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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