Single crystal silicon (SCSi) is both soft and brittle. This makes it difficult to machine. The primary obstacle for SCSi being accepted as a standard mirror material is well-developed optical manufacturing techniques. The objective is to improve the opto-mechanical design and fabrication of SCSi mirrors for spaceflight.
Develop a well understood process for manufacturing visible quality SCSi mirrors. Areas of research include stress relief, figure, finish, and light weighting techniques.More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Greenbelt, Maryland|
|Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)||Supporting Organization||NASA Center||Pasadena, California|