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Magnetorheological elastic super-smooth finishing for high-efficiency manufacturing of ultraviolet laser resistant optics
Author(s): Feng Shi; Yong Shu; Yifan Dai; Xiaoqiang Peng; Shengyi Li
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Paper Abstract

Based on the elastic–plastic deformation theory, status between abrasives and workpiece in magnetorheological finishing (MRF) process and the feasibility of elastic polishing are analyzed. The relationship among material removal mechanism and particle force, removal efficiency, and surface topography are revealed through a set of experiments. The chemical dominant elastic super-smooth polishing can be fulfilled by changing the components of magnetorheological (MR) fluid and optimizing polishing parameters. The MR elastic super-smooth finishing technology can be applied in polishing high-power laser–irradiated components with high efficiency, high accuracy, low damage, and high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT). A 430×430×10  mm fused silica (FS) optic window is polished and surface error is improved from 538.241 nm [peak to valley (PV)], 96.376 nm (rms) to 76.372 nm (PV), 8.295 nm (rms) after 51.6 h rough polishing, 42.6 h fine polishing, and 54.6 h super-smooth polishing. A 50×50×10  mm sample is polished with exactly the same parameters. The roughness is improved from 1.793 nm [roughness average (Ra)] to 0.167 nm (Ra) and LIDT is improved from 9.77 to 19.2  J/cm 2 after MRF elastic polishing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(7) 075104 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.7.075104
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 7
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Feng Shi, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Yong Shu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Yifan Dai, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Xiaoqiang Peng, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Shengyi Li, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)

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