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SiC mirror for Gaia mission
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- Title SiC mirror for Gaia mission
- Released 28/07/2010 1:59 pm
- Copyright AMOS
The Gaia M5 mirror undergoing inspection at the premises of Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems (AMOS) in Liege, Belgium, in November 2009.
The 540 × 336 mm mirror was fabricated from sintered silicon carbide (SiC) by Boostec at Bazet near Tarbes, France.
The mirror surface was coated with a layer of silicon carbide using chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The CVD layer of all Gaia mirrors is applied by Schunk Kohlenstofftechnik in Heuchelheim, Germany.