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Deterministic finishing of aspheric optical components
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Paper Abstract

Manufacturing aspheric optics can present challenges depending on the complexity of their shape. This is especially true during the finishing stage. To tackle this challenge, OptiPro Systems has developed two technologies for deterministic optical polishing: UltraForm Finishing (UFF) and UltraSmooth Finishing (USF). UFF is a deterministic sub aperture polishing process that polishes spherical, aspheric, and free form surface geometries. In contrast, the USF process is a deterministic mid to large size aperture polishing process that works with a conforming lap. These two technologies have the ability to tackle a wide range of optical shapes by removing sub-surface damage, removing various mid-spatial frequency artifacts that might be left from a grinding process, and correct the optic’s figure error in a controlled fashion. This presentation will describe these technologies, present performance information as to their capabilities, and show how OptiPro is developing these technologies to push the state of the art in manufacturing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8884, Optifab 2013, 88840H (15 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2029329
Show Author Affiliations
Teddy Lambropoulos, OptiPro Systems (United States)
Ed Fess, OptiPro Systems (United States)
Scott DeFisher, OptiPro Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8884:
Optifab 2013
Julie L. Bentley; Matthias Pfaff, Editor(s)

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