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Four decades of ZERODUR mirror substrates for astronomy
Author(s): Thorsten Döhring; Ralf Jedamzik; Thomas Westerhoff; Peter Hartmann
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Paper Abstract

Initiated in 1968 by the first order of Max-Planck-Institute in Heidelberg successful history of ZERODUR(R) continues now since 40 years. ZERODUR(R) zero expansion glass ceramic from SCHOTT has been the material of choice in astronomy for decades, thanks to its special properties such as its extremely high thermal and mechanical stability. Today most of the major modern optical telescopes of the 4 m class and of the 8 m to 10 m class are equipped with ZERODUR(R) . For the future several Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) projects are in development, which are designed with even larger primary mirrors ranging from 30 m to 42 m. Also here ZERODUR(R) is under consideration. A historical review, prominent examples of astronomical projects with glass ceramic mirror substrates, and an outlook to the future is given in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7281, 4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes, 728103 (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.831423
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Thorsten Döhring, SCHOTT AG (Germany)
Ralf Jedamzik, SCHOTT AG (Germany)
Thomas Westerhoff, SCHOTT AG (Germany)
Peter Hartmann, SCHOTT AG (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7281:
4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes
Wenhan Jiang; Roland Geyl; Myung K. Cho; Fan Wu, Editor(s)

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