Fabrication and alignment issues for segmented mirror telescopes

Feenix Y. Pan, James H Burge, Rene Zehnder, Yanqui Wang

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Abstract

There is a great demand for new telescopes that use larger primary mirrors to collect more light. Because of the difficulty in the fabrication of mirrors larger than 8 m as a single piece, they must be made with numerous smaller segments. The segments must fit together to create the effect of a single mirror, which presents unique challenges for fabrication and testing that are absent for monolithic optics. This is especially true for the case of a highly aspheric mirror required to make a short two-mirror telescope. We develop the relationship between optical performance of the telescope and errors in the manufacture and operation of the individual segments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2632-2642
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Optics
Volume43
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2004

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Fabrication and alignment issues for segmented mirror telescopes. / Pan, Feenix Y.; Burge, James H; Zehnder, Rene; Wang, Yanqui.

In: Applied Optics, Vol. 43, No. 13, 01.05.2004, p. 2632-2642.

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Pan, Feenix Y. ; Burge, James H ; Zehnder, Rene ; Wang, Yanqui. / Fabrication and alignment issues for segmented mirror telescopes. In: Applied Optics. 2004 ; Vol. 43, No. 13. pp. 2632-2642.
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