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28 July 2000 C/SiC advanced mirror system demonstrator design
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Challenges in high-resolution space telescopes have led to the desire to create large primary mirror apertures. One such telescope is the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST, 8-m primary). In order to accommodate launch vehicles, the optical systems using these large apertures are being designed to accommodate extremely lightweight, deployable, segmented primary mirrors. The requirements for these segments include: meter-class diameter, areal densities of the order of 15 kg/m2, aspheric surface figure, near infrared and visible spectrum operation, diffraction limited surface figure, high stiffness, tight radius of curvature matching, and excellent thermal stability. Operating temperatures for various systems include ambient as well as cryogenic ranges. A unique ceramic, carbon fiber reinforced silicon carbide, developed by the Industrieanlagen- Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, has shown potential for use as a mirror substrate. This paper presents the deign and predicted performance of this mirror system in various applications. Also included are issues related to the fabrication of the Advanced Mirror System Demonstrator.
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Brian E. Catanzaro, Gregory V. Mehle, Martin A. Seilonen, Ulrich Papenburg, Claus E. Mueller, Wilhelm Pfrang, G. Siegfried Kutter, Eric Ruch, Renaud Mercier-Ythier, Paul A. Lightsey, Scott Streetman, and Douglas C. Neam "C/SiC advanced mirror system demonstrator design", Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000);


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