Mirrors with Regular Hexagonal Segments
The point-spread function and emissivity are calculated for a mirror made from regular hexagonal segments of just a few different sizes. A mirror of this type has many similar segments, which is an advantage for manufacturing, and for an ~f/1 mirror with ≥1000 segments and ≥4 sizes of regular hexagons the increase in intersegment gap area is negligible. This result raises the possibility of making a mirror from very large numbers of identical small segments that are warped to the required figure.
© 2003 Optical Society of America Received 25 October 2002; revised manuscript received 25 February 2003. This work was supported by the Brewer Prize Undergraduate Fellowship awarded to Dario Amodei.