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Manufacturing High-Performance Mirrors

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Large, high-performance mirrors are a critical aspect of numerous optical systems and must meet strict requirements.

NISSIM ASIDA, ELIYAHU BENDER, AND DAVID ALEXANDER, OPHIR OPTICS SOLUTIONS LTD.

When it comes to long-range, multispectral optical systems, large mirrors play an integral role; there are tens of thousands of optical units containing large mirrors around the globe. With minimum diameters starting at 200 mm, the largest mirrors range from 8.2 m in diameter (single mirrors) to over 10 m (segmented). They take many shapes — spherical, aspheric, parabolic, or freeform — and are used for a wide spectrum of light, including visible, UV, and IR. Over the last 10 years, optical systems with reflective elements have been used by system integrators in the defense...Read full article

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