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Precision compression molding process of low Tg glass aspheric lenses
Author(s): Tao Ma; Jingchi Yu
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Paper Abstract

Precision Glass Molding Process is adopted for mass production of aspheric lenses, micro-lens array, diffractive optical elements and free-form lenses which are difficult to be manufactured by using conventional methods. In this research, high order aspheric lenses with 6th item are molded using the glass material P-SK57 which is characterized by a low glass transition temperature (Tg) 493°C and thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) 8.9×10-6. Some of the molding conditions are as follow: 1) the molding temperature is 565°C, 2) the pressure force is kept at 4KN for 90 seconds and 3) the lens is cooling at an annealing velocity of 1.5~2°C /s to a release temperature of 180°C. The total molding cycle time is about 16 minutes. Molded aspheric lenses are measured with a Taylorsurf contact profilometer and a Zygo Newview white-light interferometer. As a result, the shape accuracy of molded lenses is less than 0.5um (PV) and surface finish quality is less than 2nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2009
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7282, 4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies, 728205 (21 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830783
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Tao Ma, Soochow Univ. (China)
Jingchi Yu, Soochow Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7282:
4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Advanced Optical Manufacturing Technologies
Li Yang; John M. Schoen; Yoshiharu Namba; Shengyi Li, Editor(s)

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