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Test And Evaluation Of A 60-Inch Test Mirror
Author(s): L. Montagnino; R. Arnold; D. Chadwick; L. Grey; G. Rogers
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Paper Abstract

A facility for interferometric test and evaluation of large mirrors has been developed to aid in the fabrication of a 60- inch diameter f/2.3 hyperboloid. Testing takes place in a test chamber which provides vibration isolation and thermal stabili ty in a clean room environment. The uncoated mirror is floated on a calibrated metrology mount located upon a six-degree-of-freedom table used to align and orient the mirror to a fixed geometry metrology unit. The metrology unit consists of a Co-axial Reference Interferometer (CORI) and a reflective null corrector which produces interferograms in the form of photographic negatives. Interferograms of this concave hyperboloidal primary mirror are evaluated in the Interferogram Analysis Facility (IAF) which employs a scanning microdensitometer, and fringe extraction and analysis software specially developed for high performance applications. The IAF routinely provides surface figure analyses in the form of contour and aberration data. This includes multiple measurement statistics as well as aberration calculations based on polynomials orthonormalized over an annulus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 1979
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0183, Space Optics II, (27 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957402
Show Author Affiliations
L. Montagnino, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
R. Arnold, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
D. Chadwick, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
L. Grey, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)
G. Rogers, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0183:
Space Optics II
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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