Research Activities

Large aperture telescope technology (latt)

The LATT Project, sponsored by the European Space Agency, aims to the development of innovative technologies for the realization of deployable space telescopes. In practice, when building a space telescope with a few meters diameter, it is preferable to realize several tiles, which will be located in their final positions once in orbit. This method requires that the primary mirror is adaptive, and of course that it is lightweight. Within the Project, CNR-INO realized two substrates for adaptive mirrors, made in Zerodur, with diameter 40 cm, curvature radius 5 meters and thickness 1 mm (+/- 3 micron), with both surfaces polished at optical level. One of these two substrates has been coated with aluminum on both sides, provided with actuators and mounted on a carbon fibers holder. Then optical, mechanical, thermal and vacuum tests have been performed. Last test has been the vibration test, in order to simulate the launch conditions. For this purpose, the mirror has been locked by electrostatic force to the holder. The results of these activity, which will be completed in October 2015, have been spread in this way:

A. Zuccaro Marchi, F. D’Amato, D. Gallieni, R. Biasi, M. Molina, F. Duò, N. Ruder, P. Salinari, F. Lisi, A. Riccardi, L. Gambicorti, F. Simonetti, J.P.N. Pereira do Carmo: “TechnologicalDevelopments for Ultra-Lightweight, Large Aperture, Deployable Mirror for Space Telescopes”, Int. Conf. on Space Optics, ICSO 2010, Rhodes (G), 4-8/10/2010
L. Gambicorti, F. D

‘Amato, A. Zuccaro Marchi, F. Lisi, A. Riccardi, C. Vettore, F. Duò, A. Guercia, Gallieni, P. Lazzarini, M. Tintori, C. Patauner, R. Biasi, J. Pereira do Carmo: “Last results of technological developments for ultralightweight, large aperture, deployable mirror for space telescopes”, International Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2012, Ajaccio (F), 9-12/10/2012, 6d-146

R. Briguglio, M. Xompero, A. Riccardi, F. Lisi, F. Duò, C. Vettore, D. Gallieni, M. Tintori, P. Lazzarini, C. Patauner, R. Biasi, F. D’Amato, M. Pucci, João Pereira do Carmo: “Development of Large Aperture Telescope Technology (LATT): test results on a demonstrator bread-board”, International Conference on Space Optics, ICSO 2014, Tenerife (E), 7-10/10/2014

Photo of a thin mirror substrate during the surface quality test
Photo of the mirror after integration

Personale INO dipendente:
D’Amato Francesco, Pucci Mauro,