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ELEKTRO 12/2017 was released on December 6th 2017. Its digital version will be available on January 5th 2018.

Topic: Measurement, measuring devices and engineering; Testing and diagnostics

Main Article
Measurements on rotating machines using SFRA method
Application possibilities of ultra-capacitors or LiFePO4 batteries in trolley network of the Brno Public Transit Company

SVĚTLO (Light) 6/2017 was released on December 11th 2017. Its digital version will be available on january 11th 2018.

Lighting installations
The lighting of university building Centrale Supélec in Saclay in France
The light for our future

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Application and judgment light guides Solatube®

NASA Completes Webb Telescope Center of Curvature Pre-test

02.11.2016 | NASA | www.nasa.gov

Engineers and technicians working on the James Webb Space Telescope successfully completed the first important optical measurement of Webb’s fully assembled primary mirror, called a Center of Curvature test.

Taking a before optical measurement of the telescope’s deployed mirror is crucial before the telescope goes into several stages of rigorous mechanical testing. These tests will simulate the violent sound and vibration environments the telescope will experience inside its rocket on its way out into space.

Webb's telescope

In order to conduct the test, optical engineers set up an interferometer, the main device used to measure the shape of Webb’s mirror. Waves of visible light are less than a thousandth of a millimeter long, and optics like Webb’s need to be shaped and aligned even more accurately than this to work correctly. Scientists use wavelengths of light to make tiny measurements.

By measuring light reflected off the optics using an interferometer, they are able to measure extremely small changes in shape or position.  An interferometer gets its name from the process of recording and measuring the ripple patterns that result when different beams of light mix and their waves combine or interfere.

Read more at NASA

Image Credit: NASA

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