This paper describes the results of an elastic analysis of a 4-m diam mirror. The mirror is solid quartz with a large central hole, flat back, and spherically dished front surface (f/2.75 system). We solved the three-dimensional elastic equations by a technique known as dynamic relaxation programmed for a digital computer. In this way, the resulting deformation of the optical surface is found for any proposed support system at any desired orientation of the mirror.
© 1968 Optical Society of America
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