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The alignment and isostatic mount bonding technique of the aerospace Cassegrain telescope primary mirror
Author(s): Wei Cheng Lin; Shenq-Tsong Chang; Yu-Chuan Lin; Ming-Ying Hsu; Yu-Ting Chang; Sheng-Hsiung Chang; Ting-Ming Huang
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Paper Abstract

In order to meet both optical performance and structural stiffness requirements of the aerospace Cassegrain telescope, iso-static mount is used as the interface between the primary mirror and the main plate. This article describes the alignment and iso-static mount bonding technique of the primary mirror by assistance of CMM. The design and assembly of mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) which reduces the deformation of primary mirror by the gravity effect is also presented. The primary mirror adjusting MGSE consists of X-Y linear translation stages, rotation stage and kinematic constrain platform which provides the function of decenter, orientation, tilt and height adjustment of the posture sequentially. After CMM measurement, the radius of curvature, conic constant, decenter and tilt, etc. will be calculated. According to these results, the posture of the mirror will be adjusted to reduce the tilt by the designed MGSE within 0.02 degrees and the distance deviation from the best fitted profile of mirror to main plate shall be less than 0.01 mm. After that, EC 2216 adhesive is used to bond mirror and iso-static mount. During iso-static mount bonding process, CMM is selected to monitor the relative position deviation of the iso-static mount until the adhesive completely cured. After that, the wave front sensors and strain gauges are used to monitor the strain variation while the iso-static mount mounted in the main plate with the screws by the torque wrench. This step is to prevent deformation of the mirror caused from force of the iso-static mount during the mounting process. In the end, the interferometer is used for the optical performance test with +1G and -1G to check the alignment and bonding technique is well or not.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8491, Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VI, 84910M (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929601
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Wei Cheng Lin, Instrument Technology Research Ctr. (Taiwan)
Shenq-Tsong Chang, Instrument Technology Research Ctr. (Taiwan)
Yu-Chuan Lin, Instrument Technology Research Ctr. (Taiwan)
Ming-Ying Hsu, Instrument Technology Research Ctr. (Taiwan)
Yu-Ting Chang, Instrument Technology Research Ctr. (Taiwan)
Sheng-Hsiung Chang, National Space Organization (Taiwan)
Ting-Ming Huang, Instrument Technology Research Ctr. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8491:
Optical System Alignment, Tolerancing, and Verification VI
José Sasián; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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