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Performance characterization of a shape memory composite mirror
Author(s): Steven J. Varlese; Melville P. Ulmer; Jason Hermiller; Kris Young; Michael Graham; Semyon Vaynman; Bruce Snyder
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Paper Abstract

Deployable optics comprised of an electroformed, replicated nickel optical surface supported by a reinforced shape memory resin composite substrate have the potential to meet the requirements for rapid fabrication of lightweight, monolithic, deployable, large optics. Evaluation has been completed for various composite constructions including shape memory resin, carbon fiber reinforcement and syntactic fillers bonded to the electroformed nickel surface. Results from optical and structural performance tests on the 0.5 meter aperture deployable test items are also applicable to non-deployable replicated composite optics.

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Date Published: 31 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5899, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II, 58990Y (31 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617929
Show Author Affiliations
Steven J. Varlese, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Melville P. Ulmer, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Jason Hermiller, Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. (United States)
Kris Young, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Michael Graham, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Semyon Vaynman, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Bruce Snyder, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5899:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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