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ELEKTRO 3/2019 was released on March 11th 2019. Its digital version will be available on March 11th 2019.

Topic: Amper 2019 – 271 International trade fair for electrical engineering

Main Article
Smart Cities (part 8)

SVĚTLO (Light) 2/2019 was released on March 15th 2019. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Architectural and scenic lighting
The architectural lighting of Bečov nad Teplou castle
Lighting design in a nutshell – Part 41
The analyse of light picture a little more theoretic

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Biggest mistakes in day lighting design of buildings

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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