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Optical Engineering

Rapid optical fabrication with computer-controlled optical surfacing
Author(s): Robert A. Jones; Wiktor J. Rupp
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Paper Abstract

In the next decades, we foresee the need for the fabrication of many large aspheric mirrors for space and astronomy applications. Itek Optical Systems has developed computer-controlled optical surfacing for rapidly fabricating such optics. Recently, these operations have been improved with the development of a sheaf of new processes based on a greatly increased understanding of the mechanics of glass surfacing. These improvements have already produced a reduction of large optics surfacing time by a factor of four, and the technology points toward a possible further reduction by a factor of two.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 30(12) doi: 10.1117/12.56019
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 30, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Robert A. Jones, Litton Itek Optical Systems (United States)
Wiktor J. Rupp, Litton Itek Optical Systems (United States)

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