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Recent technology advances in diamond machining for spaceborne optical systems
Author(s): Lovell Comstock
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Paper Abstract

Historically diamond machining has been applied to infrared applications because of the more forgiving requirements for figure and finish. These machines were typically configured as lathes or flycutters, enabling them to produce flats and rotationally symmetric surfaces including off-axis aspheres that were within their “swing” capacity. Recent technology improvements in machine position resolution, motion control, diamond tool quality, and fixturing techniques have allowed both visible and UV optics to be successfully produced. Furthermore, additional axes of control have further extended capabilities to include free-form components such as segments of very large “parents”, bi-aspheres, aspheric cylinders, as well as phase plates. Proprietary configurations now allow production of lens arrays, image slicers, gratings, corner cube arrays, as well as prismatic structures. Advances in post-processing reduce diffractive effects and allow the direct figuring of aluminum. This paper will present the results of these new technologies and processes as applied to space borne components and systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5798, Spaceborne Sensors II, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.621273
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Lovell Comstock, Corning NetOptix (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5798:
Spaceborne Sensors II
Peter Tchoryk; Brian Holz, Editor(s)

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