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Optical Quality Requirements For Large Mirror Systems
Author(s): J. S. Patterson; R. R. Crout
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Paper Abstract

A methodology is discussed for defining mirror quality requirements (as a function of spectral bandpass, type of object being viewed and type of background). The application of the methodology to several current and future large mirror systems is described. The major parameter is the surface power spectral density function; means of proper specification and measurement are discussed, along with their impact on encircled energy and scatter. The effects of diffraction are considered, including low, mid-, and high spatial frequency surface errors and surface "quilting" associated with large lightweighted mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1983
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0389, Optical Systems Engineering III, (3 October 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935016
Show Author Affiliations
J. S. Patterson, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
R. R. Crout, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0389:
Optical Systems Engineering III
William H. Taylor, Editor(s)

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