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Mirror polishing. Image credit: Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab

Buddy Martin and Dae Wook Kim Speak About Building Mirrors

Buddy Martin and Dae Wook Kim have written an article for "The Conversation." In it they talk about the state of the art in mirror making, using the decisions made by Roger Angel and his group since the early 1980s, and now by the GMT project and the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, as examples. The Caris Mirror Lab has made a remarkable number of large mirrors in use in telescopes around the world and is hard at work on the segments of the GMT. These segments are among the most aspheric ever polished, a testament to the inventions at the Caris Lab, and a testament to its great crew, some of whom have worked on mirrors here at Steward for 20-30 years or longer.

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