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Lightweight high-performance 1-4 meter class spaceborne mirrors: emerging technology for demanding spaceborne requirements
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Paper Abstract

Pending critical spaceborne requirements, including coronagraphic detection of exoplanets, require exceptionally smooth mirror surfaces, aggressive lightweighting, and low-risk cost-effective optical manufacturing methods. Simultaneous development at Schott for production of aggressively lightweighted (>90%) Zerodur® mirror blanks, and at L-3 Brashear for producing ultra-smooth surfaces on Zerodur®, will be described. New L-3 techniques for large-mirror optical fabrication include Computer Controlled Optical Surfacing (CCOS) pioneered at L-3 Tinsley, and the world's largest MRF machine in place at L-3 Brashear. We propose that exceptional mirrors for the most critical spaceborne applications can now be produced with the technologies described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77390C (19 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857900
Show Author Affiliations
Tony Hull, L-3 Communications Tinsley Labs. Inc. (United States)
Peter Hartmann, SCHOTT AG (Germany)
Andrew R. Clarkson, L-3 Communications Brashear (United States)
John M. Barentine, L-3 Communications Tinsley Labs. Inc. (United States)
Ralf Jedamzik, SCHOTT AG (Germany)
Thomas Westerhoff, SCHOTT AG (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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