Cryogenic optical performance of a lightweighted mirror assembly for future space astronomical telescopes: correlating optical test results and thermal optical model

Ron Eng, William R. Arnold, Markus A. Baker, Ryan M. Bevan, Gregory Burdick, Michael R. Effinger, Darrell E. Gaddy, Brian K. Goode, Craig Hanson, William D. Hogue, Jeffrey R. Kegley, Charlie Kirk (+10 others)
2013 Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems  
A 43cm diameter stacked core mirror demonstrator was interferometrically tested at room temperature down to 250 degrees Kelvin for thermal deformation. The 2.5m radius of curvature spherical mirror assembly was constructed by low temperature fusing three abrasive waterjet core sections between two CNC pocket milled face sheets. The 93% lightweighted Corning ULE ® mirror assembly represents the current state of the art for future UV, optical, near IR space telescopes. During the multiple thermal
more » ... test cycles, test results of interferometric test, thermal IR images of the front face were recorded in order to validate thermal optical model.
doi:10.1117/12.2025393 fatcat:qh7xcsackverxfgwwgkfwlnfjy