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SCHOTT Advanced Optics participated in Aerospace Mirror Workshop

SCHOTT Advanced Optics has recently attended NASA Mirror Tech Days, 1 – 3 October 2013 at the Northrop Grumman site in Redondo Beach, California. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; the Optical Society of Southern California (OSSC); and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, the workshop is labeled “the best Mirror Technology on this planet and beyond!”. The workshop emphasizes new developments in mirror technology for aerospace applications.

SCHOTT Advanced Optics presented our extremely lightweight ZERODUR® Mirror (ELZM) technology, featuring fairly large diameter substrates with very narrow webs, or ribs that offer substantial weight reduction compared to conventional mirrors.  Several of our recent exhibitions have featured an ELZM Mirror that is 1.2 meters in diameter having 2 mm ribs that offers a weight reduction of 88%. The developed ELZM  technology scales from 300 mm up to 4 m in diameter and the pocket depth of 350 mm in combination with attractive thin rib thicknesses achieves the weight reduction essential for 4 m class mirrors designed for aerospace applications.
Arnie Bazensky, Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest Region of North America staffed our exhibit. In addition, Tony Hull, Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico and consultant for SCHOTT Advanced Optics, presented a paper entitled “Preparing SCHOTT Extreme Lightweight ZERODUR® mirror for Testing at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).”

NASA Tech Days, although a very small event limited to twenty exhibitors, focuses on the very audience that we need to target in order to gain widespread acceptance of SCHOTT Advanced Optics’s ELZM technology. It is one of several events that have or will have featured this amazing technology to supplement our contributions to the advancement of astronomy.