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Description Of A Unique Machine Tool Permitting Achievement Of <15-A rms Diamond-Turned Surfaces
Author(s): D. M. Miller; G. H. Hauver; J. N. Culverhouse; E. N. Greenwell
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Paper Abstract

A new machine tool now in the final stages of development at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory uses a unique tool motion to produce diamond-turned surfaces of exceptionally high quality. The cutting tool is programmed to move in 4-nm increments along two axes: an X axis and an Omega axis. Exceptionally stiff and accurate control of the tool is possible with this "Omega-X" system. Copper surfaces of revolution have been produced with a 12.3-Å rms surface finish and a contour accuracy of 75 nm. In conjuction with a unique, thermally stabilized air bearing spindle and machine calibration equipment, the Omega-X system permits a significant advance in the fabrication of optical-quality surfaces for use with the visible spectrum.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1979
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0163, Advances in Optical Production Technology II, (25 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.956912
Show Author Affiliations
D. M. Miller, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (United States)
G. H. Hauver, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (United States)
J. N. Culverhouse, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (United States)
E. N. Greenwell, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0163:
Advances in Optical Production Technology II

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