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Standards For Optical Surface Quality Using Total Integrated Scattering
Author(s): J. M. Bennett; D. K. Burge; J. P. Rahn; H. E. Bennett
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Paper Abstract

Standards for optical surface quality are suggested to address two distinct problems: (1) the cosmetic appearance of the optical component and (2) its functional performance in an optical system. For the first problem, a series of standard scratches with appropriately defined profiles is suggested, so that the visual appearance of the standard scratch matches the appearance of scratches produced by normal optical polishing. For the second problem, we suggest a measurement of total integrated scattering, which can be related quantitatively to the rms height of surface microirregularities. The scattering from scratches of differ-ent sizes can also be made quantitative. Angular scattering is too dependent on surface properties to permit it to be a useful standard. However, total integrated scattering is useful for approximately predicting the relative amounts of light scattered at a given angle by surfaces having different roughnesses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1979
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0181, Contemporary Optical Systems and Components Specifications, (7 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957356
Show Author Affiliations
J. M. Bennett, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
D. K. Burge, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
J. P. Rahn, Naval Weapons Center (United States)
H. E. Bennett, Naval Weapons Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0181:
Contemporary Optical Systems and Components Specifications
Robert E. Fischer, Editor(s)

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