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Options For The ESO-VLT Primary Mirrors
Author(s): Daniel Enard; Michael Schneermann; Ray Wilson
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Paper Abstract

The ESO-VLT is based on the combination of four 8m telescopes so as to provide a 16 m equivalent aperture. Two main possibilities for the manufacture of the mirror blanks are considered: a zero expansion glass ceramic from Schott and a lightweight steel structure. Manufacturing possibilities for both options as well as European industrial potentialities for the optical figuring are being reviewed. Results of the analysis of a particular honeycomb structure for the steel mirror and experimental data obtained on several test mirrors are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 1986
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0628, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III, (20 August 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.963574
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Daniel Enard, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Michael Schneermann, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ray Wilson, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0628:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes III
Lawrence D. Barr, Editor(s)

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