Trapezoidal Shim for Segmented Optics Assembly

Technology #ua19-053

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Oliver Spires
Assistant Manager, Micro-Optical Fabrication Facility, College of Optical Sciences
Rongguang Liang
Professor, Optical Sciences
Dae Wook Kim
Assistant Professor, Optical Sciences
Managed By
Amy Phillips
Sr. Licensing Manager (520) 621-9579

Title:  Trapezoidal Shim for Segmented Optics Assembly


Invention:  Researchers at the University of Arizona have designed a paradigm-shifting space telescope technology.  The technology produces ultra-lightweight, transmissive lenses that are fabricated economically in segments.  The novel aspects of the technology facilitate quick assembly with very high precision alignment..


Background:  Improvements in space telescope technology are needed. For example, mirror systems may be heavy, costly, and may comprise transmission loss and reduction in light throughput. Also, segmented mirror system has very sensitive alignment and assembly tolerance, which increases the overall system complexity and budget.



*  quick assembly

*  excellent alignment among segments

*  lightweight

*  very large aperture



*  space-based astronomy

*  ground-based astronomy


Contact:  Amy Phillips

Refer to case number UA19-053