Mirror NPF – Carbon Fiber Mirrors for Infrared Telescopes
The objective of Mirror-NPF is to manufacture for the first time in Chile a spherical mirror with a diameter of 1 meter, with optical quality, on a polymer substrate reinforced with carbon fiber to be used in infrared telescopes.
The initial proposal arose in 2015, after a group of CCTVal engineers worked to master the carbon fiber-based mirror manufacturing technique for the CLAS 12 particle detector, specifically in the Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH ), which allow identifying the type of electric charge emitted by a subatomic particle, known as Momentum.
- Low weight, high mechanical strength and low coefficient of thermal expansion.
- Low density.
- Low price compared to one made of a vitreous or ceramic material.
Dónde se implementará
- Telescopios astronómicos.
- Física de alta energía.
- Colectores solares.
This project is developed by the Valparaíso Scientific and Technological Center, the Federico Santa María Technical University, the Millennium Nucleus of Planetary Formation and the University of Valparaíso, with the collaboration of the ESO and Alma observatories, located in the second region in the north of Chile.