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Computer-Controlled Polishing Of Telescope Mirror Segments
Author(s): Robert A. Jones
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Paper Abstract

The construction of very large optical telescopes can be prohibitively expensive due to the massive size and weight of the required primary mirrors. One method of reducing the cost of such telescopes is the use of a segmented primary mirror. The computer controlled polisher (CCP) approach is ideally suited to the fabrication of telescope mirror segments. Since the process achieves controlled material removal by regulating the tool motion, there is no need for any surface symetry. Recent experiments have demonstrated the ability of the CCP to figure mirror segments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 November 1982
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933539
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Robert A. Jones, The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0332:
Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I
Lawrence D. Barr; Geoffrey Burbidge, Editor(s)

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