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Update on Tinsley visible quality (VQ) aluminum optics
Author(s): Ankit M. Patel; Keith G. Carrigan
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Paper Abstract

Recent advancement has been made in producing difficult aspheric mirrors in bare aluminum to visible imaging quality. Polished bare aluminum mirrors offer significant producability and cost advantages for defense and surveillance systems, and can satisfy the environmental and performance needs of many systems. We describe the finish of both bare VQ Al mirrors in terms of power spectral density levels that can now be routinely achieved. Parameters are provided to guide the designer in specifying VQ mirrors, and in considering trades with other materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8353, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII, 83532C (31 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921088
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Ankit M. Patel, L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Div. (United States)
Keith G. Carrigan, L-3 Integrated Optical Systems Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8353:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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