Performance characterization of a shape memory composite mirror

Steven J. Varlese*, Melville P Ulmer, Jason Hermiller, Kris Young, Michael Graham, Semyon Vaynman, Bruce Snyder

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Deployable optics comprised of an electroformed, replicated nickel optical surface supported by a reinforced shape memory resin composite substrate have the potential to meet the requirements for rapid fabrication of lightweight, monolithic, deployable, large optics. Evaluation has been completed for various composite constructions including shape memory resin, carbon fiber reinforcement and syntactic fillers bonded to the electroformed nickel surface. Results from optical and structural performance tests on the 0.5 meter aperture deployable test items are also applicable to non-deployable replicated composite optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number58990Y
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventUV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2005Aug 1 2005


  • Composites
  • Electroformed nickel
  • Laminated optics
  • Lightweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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