Beryllium optical mirrors by vapor deposition

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-78
Journal / PublicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 1982
Externally publishedYes


Optical mirrors made of beryllium can provide advantages over those made of other materials primarily because of their high elastic modulus and low density. Conventional techniques for producing mirrors can be used with beryllium but only with difficulty and the resulting surface often contains defects from the metal itself. Preliminary experiments have shown that optical mirror surfaces on metal can be replicated with vapor deposited beryllium under carefully selected and controlled conditions. © 1982 SPIE.

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