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Low scatter surfaces on silicon carbide
Author(s): Roger A. Paquin
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Paper Abstract

Reaction bonded silicon carbide (RB SiC) can be readily fabricated to near net shape and mirror blanks produced by this method can potentially be less costly than those fabricated by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). However, RB SiC is two phase, SiC and up to 30% silicon (Si), and can not normally be directly polished to low scatter and roughness levels due to the difference in hardness of the two phases. We have investigated the polishability of RB SiC as a function of Si content and microstructure. Our results show that with a favorable microstructure, RB SiC can be polished to less than 10A rms. For reduced roughness and lower scatter surfaces, we have developed low temperature deposition techniques to apply polishable, single phase coatings to the figured two phase surfaces. Scatter and roughness measurements show levels are comparable to CVD SiC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1438, Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 1989, 14380Q (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2294435
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Roger A. Paquin, Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1438:
Laser-Induced Damage in Optical Materials 1989
Harold E. Bennett; Lloyd L. Chase; Arthur H. Guenther; Brian Emerson Newnam; M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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