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12 October 2004 Development of a one-meter membrane mirror with active boundary control
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Materials and processes have been developed for production of polymer membranes with optical quality surface characteristics. These materials have been successfully used to manufacture large, high quality, ultra lightweight, optical flats for beam splitters, lens covers and other applications. These materials can potentially be used to develop large aperture primary mirrors with areal densities less than 1kg/m2. However, for curved mirrors it is more difficult to establish and maintain desired optical figure from the initial packaged configuration. This paper describes design analysis being performed to support fabrication of a membrane mirror test article. Modeling was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of several different boundary control concepts for correcting different types of figure aberrations. Analyses of different combinations of boundary displacement actuators, electrostatic force actuators, and pressure are presented.
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James D. Moore Jr., Brian G. Patrick, Surya Chodimella, Dan K. Marker, and Arup Maji "Development of a one-meter membrane mirror with active boundary control", Proc. SPIE 5553, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications II, (12 October 2004);


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