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  • Contract Award

Photonics Spectra
Jul 2010
Optical Surface Technologies (OST) has been awarded a contract with the Discovery Channel Telescope at Lowell Observatory to coat the 4.3-m primary mirror and to provide manufacturing support for the 1.4-m secondary mirror. The contract launched the Albuquerque, N.M.-based company’s mobile coating capability by providing comprehensive on-site coating services at customer facilities. The service facilitates chamber outsourcing operations by using OST’s staff to perform periodic cleaning and recoating activities. OST manufactures, tests and coats large custom optics, and its fabrication facility can produce mirrors and optical components up to 3 m in diameter.

A smooth, highly polished surface, for reflecting light, that may be plane or curved if wanting to focus and or magnify the image formed by the mirror. The actual reflecting surface is usually a thin coating of silver or aluminum on glass.
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