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Advanced materials: an overview
Author(s): Roger A. Paquin
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Paper Abstract

Optical systems come in many shapes and sizes. Each system must perform in an environment that imposes unique constraints when combined with the operating system dynamics and other requirements. These constraints make the choice of materials a not so simple task.

An overview of the available choices in advanced materials, with an emphasis on system compatibility and dimensional stability, is presented. Materials covered include: metals, glasses and glass ceramics, composites including metal and polymer matrix materials, and plated nickel and aluminum coatings. Refractive materials have not been included, the emphasis being on mirror systems. Properties comparisons are made and fabrication methods briefly discussed. There is never a material that meets all the requirements for a particular application. This paper, together with the others in this volume, provides guidelines for selecting the most suitable material or combination of materials for almost any optical system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 1997
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10289, Advanced Materials for Optics and Precision Structures: A Critical Review, 1028902 (28 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279804
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Roger A. Paquin, Advanced Materials Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10289:
Advanced Materials for Optics and Precision Structures: A Critical Review
Mark A. Ealey; Roger A. Paquin; Thomas B. Parsonage, Editor(s)

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