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Optics of laser-trapped mirrors for large telescopes and hypertelescopes in space
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Paper Abstract

Laboratory testing is undertaken for exploring the feasibility of "Laser Trapped Mirrors". These involve a soft membrane or two-dimensional array of nano-spheres having sub-micrometer thickness. It is constrained to an accurate optical figure by radiation pressure trapping in polychromatic standing waves formed by a pair of diverging and counter-propagating laser beams. The optical design and resulting properties are discussed as well as the mission aspects for several architectures of telescopes and hypertelescopes at scales from meters to hundreds of kilometers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5899, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II, 58990V (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.624243
Show Author Affiliations
A. Labeyrie, Observatoire de Haute-Provence (France)
M. Guillon, Observatoire de Haute-Provence (France)
J. M. Fournier, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

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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