The building blocks for fabricating the 8.3-m Subaru primary mirror blank are ultralow-expansin solid hexagonal units that were subjected to rigorous ultrasonic examination to establish thermal expansion characterization as reported by Hagy [Appl. Opt. 12, 1440 (1973)]. Following assembly of the mirror by fusion and fine annealing, photoelastic analyses at hex-to-hex seals were used to calculate thermal expansion differences. These differences are found to be in excellent agreement with the ultrasonically established differences.
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