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Design Considerations for a Highly Segmented Mirror

Padin, Stephen (2003) Design Considerations for a Highly Segmented Mirror. Applied Optics, 42 (16). pp. 3305-3312. ISSN 0003-6935.

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Design issues for a 30-m highly segmented mirror are explored, with emphasis on parametric models of simple, inexpensive segments. A mirror with many small segments offers cost savings through quantity production and permits high-order active and adaptive wave-front corrections. For a 30-m f/1.5 paraboloidal mirror made of spherical, hexagonal glass segments, with simple warping harnesses and three-point supports, the maximum segment diameter is ~100 mm, and the minimum segment thickness is ~5 mm. Large-amplitude, low-order gravitational deformations in the mirror cell can be compensated if the segments are mounted on a plate floating on astatic supports. Because gravitational deformations in the plate are small, the segment actuators require a stroke of only a few tens of micrometers, and the segment positions can be measured by a wave-front sensor.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Optical Society of America Received 26 July 2002; revised manuscript received 16 December 2002. This research was supported by the Caltech Discovery Fund.
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