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Segmented Mirror Edge Alignment Sensor
Author(s): C. W. Gillard; N. E. Buholz; L. Davis; P. E. Perkins
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Paper Abstract

Developments are reported which establish a basis for the precision alignment of the segmented optical elements of a large, multipanel telescope. The apparatus described in this paper employs a form of Young's double slit interferometer and a CCD photodetector array to obtain a measure of the step as well as the gap between adjacent mirror segments. A simple adjunct to this arrangement can also provide a means for measuring the relative angle between the normals at the edges of adjoining mirror segments. Despite the preliminary nature of the developments reported herein, the sensor is based on well-known principles and the critical criteria for establishing a viable sensor system have been established experimentally. The parameters of adjacent mirror segment step, gap, and relative angle can all be measured with but a single sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1983
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0444, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes II, (3 November 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.937990
Show Author Affiliations
C. W. Gillard, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (United States)
N. E. Buholz, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (United States)
L. Davis, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (United States)
P. E. Perkins, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0444:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes II
Lawrence D. Barr; Brian Mack, Editor(s)

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