Active mirror technology for large space telescopes

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Abstract

Future space telescopes rely on advances in technology to enable fabrication of primary mirrors with orders of magnitude more area, yet similar mass as current mirrors. This requires a shift of paradigm from the concept of the mirror as a rigid, stable unit, to the idea of the mirror as a system that uses active control to maintain the figure of a flexible surface. We discuss issues for this new class of optics and present status on a 2-m prototype mirror for NGST.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Pages640-648
Number of pages9
Volume4013
StatePublished - 2000
EventUV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments - Munich, Ger
Duration: Mar 29 2000Mar 31 2000

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OtherUV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
CityMunich, Ger
Period3/29/003/31/00

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Space telescopes
Hubble Space Telescope
Mirrors
mirrors
Optics
active control
Fabrication
prototypes
telescopes
optics
fabrication
shift

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Burge, J. H., Cuerden, B., & Angel, J. R. P. (2000). Active mirror technology for large space telescopes. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 4013, pp. 640-648). Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Active mirror technology for large space telescopes. / Burge, James H; Cuerden, B.; Angel, J Roger P.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4013 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 2000. p. 640-648.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Burge, JH, Cuerden, B & Angel, JRP 2000, Active mirror technology for large space telescopes. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 4013, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, pp. 640-648, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, Munich, Ger, 3/29/00.
Burge JH, Cuerden B, Angel JRP. Active mirror technology for large space telescopes. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4013. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. 2000. p. 640-648
Burge, James H ; Cuerden, B. ; Angel, J Roger P. / Active mirror technology for large space telescopes. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4013 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 2000. pp. 640-648
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