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Metrology Mount Development And Verification For A Large Spaceborne Mirror
Author(s): Michael H. Krim
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development of a metrology mount system for large spaceborne optical elements operating at diffraction limit. Verification tests of the mount, together with confirmation of the finite element model of the mount and mirror system, demonstrate that it is capable of simulating a zero-g environment within an uncertainty band of λ/300 rms for a mirror whose characteristic gravity deformation is 12λ. Using a highly detailed finite element model of the sandwich mirror, the effects of stiffness and mass nonuniformity due to faceplate thickness variations and calibration uncertainties in each of the support points on gravity-release errors were assessed and/or compensated for. The mathematics of optimizing these forces to yield a minimum rms figure error and the method and results of the faceplate thickness mapping to determine the spatial weight and stiff-ness variations are also described. Finally, verification of the finite element model is discussed where predicted, and full aperture interferometrically measured figure changes due to discrete changes in the applied force field are compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 1982
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933552
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Michael H. Krim, The Optical Technology Division of The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0332:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I
Lawrence D. Barr; Geoffrey Burbidge, Editor(s)

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