Re-aluminization of the 6.5m primary mirror at the MMT Observatory

William Goble, Ricardo Ortiz, J. Duane Gibson, Dallan Porter, Roberto Gilmozzi, Heather K. Marshall, Jason Spyromilio
2018 Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VII  
The MMT Observatory (MMTO) initiated a series of coating process improvement projects after an issue with the coating system in 2010 resulted in blemishes on the 6.5m primary mirror coating. Formally started in 2013, these projects focused on four major tasks: 1) development of a software-based system to control the tungsten filament power sources, 2) characterization of an integrally wound tungsten and aluminum filament, 3) prevent stray molten aluminum droplets from contacting the isolation
more » ... mbrane separating the high and rough vacuum sections of the system, and 4) assemble a coating facility capable of performing full-scale system testing. The completion of these projects was realized with the successful re-aluminization of the MMTO primary mirror in 2016. With a focus on the implementation of the process improvements, the present state of the MMTO coating system is described along with data from the 2016 realuminization.
doi:10.1117/12.2314386 fatcat:pahuyface5hz7nbyxdo4sdp53i