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Ceramic mould development for precision bending of thin glass
Author(s): Matthias Kroedel; Veronika Stehlíková; Stefan Menzel
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Paper Abstract

In high-energy astrophysics, X-ray telescopes play a key role as a primary source of information. However, the weight of the satellite-based telescope mirrors limits their size and thus their light collecting power. The research project "precision bending of thin glass" aims to develop lightweight and precise alternatives for X-ray mirrors based on thin glass segments. Glass has many material-specific advantages, and glass samples with thicknesses < 0.5 mm and an extremely low micro-roughness are commercially available. They can be shaped by a thermal treatment during which the shape of an underlying mould is transferred to the glass in a process called glass slumping. The project's core is the investigation of heat-resistant porous ceramic materials for the production of moulds and the development of appropriate high-precision machining processes. The project aims for the manufacturing of an exemplary mould, which allows the slumping of mirror segments for an X-ray optics with shaping supported using vacuum pumping from the mould side. The necessary dimensional accuracy of < 1 μm / 100 mm on the mould and on the glass should be finally demonstrated. The requirements to an open-pored and chemically inactive ceramics, which is dimensionally stable under the thermal process, are demanding, so the range of suitable materials is narrow. Our primary choice for the mould material is a carbon-fiber reinforced silicon carbide (HB-Cesic®). HB-Cesic® is well known for its thermal and mechanical stability and has already been used for glass slumping. The following Fig. 1 shows a fully polished mould out of dense HB-Cesic®.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11101, Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems IV, 1110105 (30 August 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2526952
Show Author Affiliations
Matthias Kroedel, ECM Engineered Ceramic Materials GmbH (Germany)
Veronika Stehlíková, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Stefan Menzel, Technische Hochschule Deggendorf (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11101:
Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems IV
Matthias Kroedel; Bill A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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