Moorestown, NJ, September 24, 2013 – The World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) is a joint space exploration project sponsored by the Russian Federation and Spain. The orbital Observatory—which is similar in scale to the Hubble Space Telescope—will be built around a 1.7 meter space telescope with a 17 meter focal length and is scheduled for launch in 2016. This multipurpose instrument will have a major impact on our understanding of the universe with the ability to make observations on planets in our solar system, extrasolar planets, stellar objects, and wider galactic scale structures.
Denton is supporting this program through its customer, SIA Luch in Podolsk, which is responsible for coating both the primary and secondary mirrors of the WSO-UV. SIA Luch is using a recently acquired Denton Integrity system for this project. WSO-UV mission managers reported on primary and secondary mirror coating activities in recent updates to the technical community.
“Precision optics is a core focus of Denton Vacuum,” said Vince McGinty, President of Denton Vacuum. “Projects like these demonstrate the wide scale of our capabilities. They also illustrate a trend in which our customers are increasingly requiring systems and processes to support precision optics that operate outside of the visual range. Denton is supporting challenging applications in both the UV and IR, and developing new products to further our goal of turning our customer’s most challenging technical barriers into technical and commercial breakthroughs.”
Now in its 50th year, Denton Vacuum continues to transform barriers into thin-film technology breakthroughs for customers across the globe. With operations in the United States and China, Denton designs and develops systems that precision-coat aerospace components, advanced optics, medical implants, solar cells, semiconductor devices and much more. Fifty years of tireless innovation have produced robust offerings ranging from high-volume production platforms to unique custom-engineered systems. Denton’s technology portfolio includes atomic layer deposition (ALD), thermal evaporation, e-beam evaporation, ion-beam-assisted evaporation, magnetron sputtering (including reactive sputtering), plasma-enhanced-chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD), ion etch and ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD). As a leading source for thin-film technology, Denton also provides value-added services and lifetime support that set new industry standards. See how barriers become breakthroughs by visiting Dentonvacuum.com.