San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
6 - 10 August 2017
Conference 10401
Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture, and Test of Space and Ground Systems
Tuesday - Thursday 8 - 10 August 2017
This conference is no longer accepting submissions.
Late submissions may be considered subject to chair approval. For more information, please contact Matt Novak.
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Abstract Due:
23 January 2017

Author Notification:
3 April 2017

Manuscript Due Date:
10 July 2017

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Conference Chairs
  • Tony B. Hull, The Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
  • Dae Wook Kim, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
  • Pascal Hallibert, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)

Conference Co-Chairs
  • Gary B. Hughes, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo (United States)
  • Ronald G. Pirich, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (United States)

Program Committee
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Call for
The Astronomical Optics: Design, Manufacture and Test of Space and Ground Systems Conference is dedicated to the engineering and implementation of Astronomical Optical Systems, Instruments, Assemblies and Components for both Spaceborne missions and Ground Observatories. Airborne and Balloon-borne astronomical instrumentation are also included. Current or anticipated future concepts and technologies are appropriate. The scope of papers may include system architecture, methods, materials, special enabling technologies, optical mechanical fabrication as appropriate to topic, and test methods relevant to these missions. Papers may discuss developments in processes, technologies, facilities or equipment used to enable new architectures. Supporting technologies like wavefront sensing and control, payload dynamic disturbance management, active systems, advanced modelling and test beds are appropriate. Papers defining special optical requirements of anticipated new Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Ray missions and Exoplanet exploration encouraged. New developments and lessons learned from recent space/ground astronomy related projects are particularly desired.

Papers are specifically requested on:

Advances in Manufacturing Materials, Abrasives, Tools, Machines, and Processes
  • Large optics substrates, grinding, polishing and figuring
  • Mechanical mounting for 4-10 meter-class optics
  • Spectrometer gratings
  • Contemporary materials for affordable high performance space telescopes
  • Computer aided processes
  • Rapid/Efficient manufacturing of large telescope mirror segments
  • Effects of mid-spatial frequency surface errors on optical system performance, and its control via deterministic optical surfacing methods
  • Diamond turning and Precision machining
  • Ion/plasma/water-jet removal: foot print, speed of removal and remaining artifacts
  • Optical contacting/advanced bond methods
  • Evolving ways to fabricate substrates and optical surfaces of lightweight mirrors for space/ground
  • Manufacture of light-weight and flexible substrates
  • Technologies for replicating optical surfaces
  • Advanced surface finishing technologies
  • Management of stress within mirrors
  • Material and process development/optimization for mirrors, lenses, and gratings
  • X-ray and synchrotron optics manufacture and test: KB and Wolter Mirrors
  • Free-form, steep, and conformal optics fabrication
New Developments in Metrology of Figure/Wavefront and Finish
  • Interferometry, holography and speckle
  • Phase-measuring, spatial heterodyne, and static fringe analysis
  • Absolute calibration: flats, spheres, windows, etc.
  • Measurement of aspheres/freeforms
  • Diffractive null correctors
  • Deflectometry, high dynamic range testing
  • Wavefront sensors, Shack-Hartmann sensor, nano/pico-meter distance measuring sensors
  • Mid-to-high spatial resolution metrology
  • MTF and encircled energy
  • Testing in adverse environments: vibration, atmosphere, cryogenic, vacuum, etc.
  • Figure, ripple, and micro-roughness
  • Characterization of subsurface damage
  • Surface profilometry: Contact/non-contact scanning probe
  • Scatter, PSD and BRDF measurements
Current and Future Application Requirements
  • Space/Ground astronomical telescopes with large monolithic mirrors or deployed segmented mirrors
  • Optimized CFRP for metering low expansion optics
  • Architecture of all SiC systems
  • Role of beryllium in present and future spaceborne missions
  • Visible quality spaceborne mirrors made of aluminum
  • The effect of different frequency thermal expansion inhomogeneity in lightweight mirrors
  • Methods for mounting of mirrors resulting in minimal surface error
  • Active control of mirror segment optical forms in space/ground
  • Reconfigurable spaceborne optical telescopes and instruments in space
  • Optical systems concepts that minimize the number of reflections
  • Ultraviolet reflective coatings in space
  • Far UV coatings for space and control of molecular contamination
  • Ultraviolet filters
  • Solar-blind filters
  • IR systems and cryogenic optics
  • Dimensional stability of materials and structure in space environments
  • Passive and active athermalization
  • Vibration isolation, stiffness and control of jitter
  • Wide field of view optical telescope assemblies
  • Segmented aperture deployable Optical Telescope Assemblies
  • Integration and testing large optical telescope assemblies
  • Maximization of throughput by minimization of the number of reflections in a system
  • Material trades for spaceborne thermal dimensional stability: High CTE/High Diffusivity vs Low CTE/Low Diffusivity
  • Multi-object spectrographs (MOS) and Integral Field Units (IFU) for spaceborne observations
  • Effects of Jitter in Large Spaceborne OTAs including OTA surface errors and pupil shear, and its cause and control
  • RF downlink bandpass limitations, data volume of new satellites and future needs from surveillance satellites
  • Special approaches for balloon borne astronomical optical telescope assemblies
  • Deformable and active mirrors
  • Earth and Planetary Spaceborne imaging systems
  • Management of polarization in optical systems.
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