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A Technique For The Rapid Fabrication Of Nickel Plated Aspheric Metal Mirrors For Infrared Optical Systems
Author(s): John J. Hizny
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Paper Abstract

A simple method is described which permits the rapid fabrication of nickel plated aspheric metal mirrors for infrared optical systems. The method employs precision machining of the substrate and the plated mirror with a calculated series of tangent radii designed to closely approximate the desired aspheric curve. The process described has several advantages; it removes irregularities from the substrate and the plating, it provides an even plating layer, it produces a smooth machined surface close to the desired shape and ready for polishing and figuring, and it can be done on most precision machine lathes. Since most of the asphericity is machined into the surface at the start, a considerable reduction in fabrication time can be realized over conventional methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1979
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0171, Optical Components: Manufacture and Evaluation, (4 April 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957052
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John J. Hizny, Honeywell Electro-Optics Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0171:
Optical Components: Manufacture and Evaluation
Donald S. Nicholson, Editor(s)

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