A Clean Mirror is a Mirror Ready to be Coated

Larry, Steve and Mark in clean room garb with the mirror in place for cleaning.

Larry, Steve and Mark in clean room garb with the mirror in place for cleaning.

Charles Kennemore's experts cleaning the mirror as Steve looks on.

Charles Kennemore’s experts cleaning the mirror as Steve looks on.

Today the process of coating the 40-inch mirror began at JDSU began with a thorough cleaning.  You recognize these three bunny suited glass guardians, right? In case you don’t, that is Steve on the left, Larry in the middle and Mark on the right. The mirror was placed in this space for the thorough cleaning and drying that is necessary to get a perfect aluminum coating to adhere. The expert team from JDSU invited the RFO mirror making team to not only witness but participate in the process as they take it through the painstaking steps needed to produce the results for which they are renowned.

Let's hope he doesn't find what he's looking for!

Let’s hope he doesn’t find what he’s looking for!

Once the cleaning was done and the surface dried, the inspection for any defects proceeded.  Satisfied, the mirror was placed back into its carrier and moved so carefully and slowly to the coating chamber where it will wait until tomorrow morning. We’ve stopped breathing now.

The mirror is held in a ring with top and bottom stays so that it can be flipped for the coating positiong.

The mirror is held in a ring with top and bottom stays so that it can be flipped for the coating position.

Precious cargo on the move!

Precious cargo on the move!

Safely tucked into the vacuum chamber where it will become something remarkable tomorrow.

Safely tucked into the vacuum chamber where it will become something remarkable tomorrow.

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