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Grinding metre scale mirror segments for the E-ELT ground based telescope

By Paul Comley, Paul Morantz, Paul Shore and Xavier Tonnellier


The next generation of ground based telescopes require many hundreds of metre scale off-axis mirrors. In this paper the grinding of a 1.45m scale Zerodur® mirror segment for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) is introduced. Employing an R-theta grinding mode with a multi stage grinding process material removal rates of up to 187.5mm3/s are achieved, whilst typically removing up to 1mm depth of material in total. Results show a RMS form error of <1μm, with subsurface damage <10μm, and a production cycle time under

Publisher: Technische Rundschau, Hallwag Publishers; 1999
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.cirp.2011.03.120
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Provided by: Cranfield CERES

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