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Overview of the production of sintered SiC optics and optical sub-assemblies
Author(s): S. Williams; P. Deny
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Paper Abstract

The following is an overview on sintered silicon carbide (SSiC) material properties and processing requirements for the manufacturing of components for advanced technology optical systems. The overview will compare SSiC material properties to typical materials used for optics and optical structures. In addition, it will review manufacturing processes required to produce optical components in detail by process step. The process overview will illustrate current manufacturing process and concepts to expand the process size capability. The overview will include information on the substantial capital equipment employed in the manufacturing of SSIC. This paper will also review common in-process inspection methodology and design rules. The design rules are used to improve production yield, minimize cost, and maximize the inherent benefits of SSiC for optical systems. Optimizing optical system designs for a SSiC manufacturing process will allow systems designers to utilize SSiC as a low risk, cost competitive, and fast cycle time technology for next generation optical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5868, Optical Materials and Structures Technologies II, 586804 (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617824
Show Author Affiliations
S. Williams, CoorsTek, Inc. (United States)
P. Deny, BOOSTEC Industries (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5868:
Optical Materials and Structures Technologies II
William A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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