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Deep Millimeter Surveys
High accuracy, very light-weight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) membrane reflectors have been demonstrated by Composite Optics, Inc. (COI) for applications in ground-based, millimeter wave radio astronomy. The figure of a semirigid membrane can be significantly improved by suitably altering the adjustment of an array of passive adjusters that support the membrane. A factor of ten contour improvement is possible. First, the surface is measured and analyzed for Zernike error modes. Thendoi:10.1142/9789812811738_0012 fatcat:gxnm4qlx2fcezodpcfqxj7x3c4