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Production Diamond Machining Of Optics
Author(s): F. E. Johnson; M . E. Curcio
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Paper Abstract

During the summer of 1976, one of the co-authors reported on his view of the suitability and potential benefits of the application of diamond machining to the volume production of optical elements for infrared systems. Since that time, Honeywell has actively pursued and acquired the machining and associated technologies necessary to support a production optical component product line. Advances in machine-fabrication and test technologies have been reported in the areas of optical characterization, holographic interferometry, system assembly and alignment, infrared interferometry and applications to aspheric refractors. These efforts were all directed towards the establishment of a production-oriented fabrication capability covering a wide range of high-accuracy optical designs and applications which now resides within Diamond Electro-Optics, Inc. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the component accuracies that are available in large quantity via examples from a production history covering over 12,000 precision optical elements and the contribution of assorted optical testing techniques to their fabrication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1983
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0433, Contemporary Methods of Optical Manufacturing and Testing, (9 December 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.936786
Show Author Affiliations
F. E. Johnson, Diamond Electro-Optics, Inc. (United States)
M . E. Curcio, Diamond Electro-Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0433:
Contemporary Methods of Optical Manufacturing and Testing
Gregory M. Sanger, Editor(s)

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