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Evaluation of mirror thermal distortions from temperature measurements
Author(s): Steven E. Forman; John A. Sultana
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Paper Abstract

A method is described to assess the figure change created by thermal distortion in beryllium sandwich mirrors during solar exposure in space. A NASTRAN finite element model of a mirror is used to evaluate the procedure, which uses embedded temperature sensors. The method is tested, with respect to six parameters, on an aluminum thermal surrogate mirror. Thermal gradients in most full-depth sandwich configurations are shown to be minimized, due to the high thermal conductivity of aluminum. Overall rms figure and defocus deformation are predicted to within 15 percent; the coma and astigmatism are predicted to within 20-25 percent; and the variability in predicting higher order distortions is wide. Defocus is shown to be the most likely dominant term in temperature-induced distortion. The notion is posited that provisions are necessary to counterbalance the high CTE of metal mirrors during solar exposure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1303, Advances in Optical Structure Systems, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21540
Show Author Affiliations
Steven E. Forman, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)
John A. Sultana, Lincoln Lab./MIT (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1303:
Advances in Optical Structure Systems
John A. Breakwell; Victor L. Genberg; Gary C. Krumweide, Editor(s)

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