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Review Of Precision Surface Generating Processes And Their Potential Application To The Fabrication Of Large Optical Components
Author(s): I. F. Stowers; R. Komanduri; E. D. Baird
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Paper Abstract

Over the last decade a wide variety of processes applicable to ultraprecision contouring and polishing have evolved. Examples of these processes include float polishing, elastic emission machining, erosive jet, ion milling, plasma assisted chemical etching, and precision ductile grinding. These processes are reviewed with the intent of comparing their removal rates, resultant surface roughness, demonstrated contour accuracy, and applicability to the manufacture of large optical components. The incentive for this study is the evolution of a deterministic manufacturing process able to lower the cost of fabricating large precision optical components by an order of magnitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 1989
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0966, Advances in Fabrication and Metrology for Optics and Large Optics, (29 January 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948050
Show Author Affiliations
I. F. Stowers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)
R. Komanduri, National Science Foundation (United States)
E. D. Baird, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0966:
Advances in Fabrication and Metrology for Optics and Large Optics
Jones B. Arnold; Robert E. Parks, Editor(s)

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