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The Future In Diamond-Machined Optics
Author(s): D L Decker
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Paper Abstract

This paper is not a prognostication of the future, but rather a discussion of those aspects of the art, science, and technology of ultraprecision machining of optics critical to the continued development along paths already clearly defined. Visible and near-infrared applications require higher quality surfaces than can be produced ordinarily. The complexity of the finishing process, the materials, the characterization of the resultant surface, and the development of realistic functional specifications are all involved. This paper discusses specific aspects of the problem, including scattered light implications of surface finish/figure, subsurface damage/stability, tool and process improvements, as well as characterization techniques. A substantial effort must be expended in education, as many of the requisite pieces actually already exist--ready to be put into place.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0676, Ultraprecision Machining and Automated Fabrication of Optics, (13 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.939508
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D L Decker, Naval Weapons Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0676:
Ultraprecision Machining and Automated Fabrication of Optics
Donald L. Decker, Editor(s)

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