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4 November 1982 Optimum Shapes For Lightweighted Mirrors
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Two types of monolithic lightweight mirrors with arched backs are discussed: the center-supported single arch and the ring-supported double arch. The theoretical deformations of a 20-in.-diameter double arch mirror are compared with the actual deformations. A mirror of this size weighs about 50% less than an equivalent conventional mirror. The double arch design may be scaled up to 144 in. where the mirror weighs less than 40% of the eauivalent conventional mirror. Further weight savings are possible due to the reduced size and simplicity of the support required by the double arch mirror design.
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Daniel Vukobratovich, Bijan Iraninejad, Ralph M. Richard, Q. M. Hansen, and R. Melugin "Optimum Shapes For Lightweighted Mirrors", Proc. SPIE 0332, Advanced Technology Optical Telescopes I, (4 November 1982);


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