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Manufacturing of lightweight glass segments for adaptive optics
Author(s): M. Ghigo; S. Basso; O. Citterio; F. Mazzoleni; D. Vernani
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of large telescopes now on the drawing boards (30-100 m. diam) will need adaptive optics to deliver their full potential. Today the thin glass meniscus necessaries for example for the adaptive secondary mirrors are produced by tinning conventional thick mirrors: a technique expensive and time consuming. A cost effective technique for the manufacturing of these components is here proposed that will deliver thin (few mm) lightweight optics made in glass. The technique under investigation foresees the thermal slumping of thin glass segments using a high quality ceramic mold (master). The sheet of glass is placed onto the mold and then, by means of a suitable thermal cycle, the glass is softened and its shape is changed copying the master shape. At the end of the slumping the correction of the remaining errors will be performed using the Ion Beam Figuring technique, a non-contact deterministic technique. To reduce the time spent for the correction it will be necessary to have shape errors on the segments after the slumping as small as possible. To investigate this technique INAF-OAB (Astronomical Observatory of Brera) is building the necessaries facilities, in particular the oven and mold for the slumping and the Ion Beam Figuring system. The paper describes the process of production of the optical segments and the status of the investigation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6272, Advances in Adaptive Optics II, 62720X (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672818
Show Author Affiliations
M. Ghigo, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
S. Basso, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
O. Citterio, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
F. Mazzoleni, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
D. Vernani, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6272:
Advances in Adaptive Optics II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Domenico Bonaccini Calia, Editor(s)

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