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Specifying Glass And Plastic Optics - What's The Difference?
Author(s): John D. Lytle
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Paper Abstract

Plastic optics have come a long way since the first lens was injection molded many years ago; in fact today, the replacement of conventional optical components seems to be one of the least exciting aspects of polymer optics. Like waveguide optics, holographic optics, and coherent optics, plastic optics offers freedoms and options simply not available in conventional glass optics. This is not to say that plastic is not well suited to substituting for glass in many ordinary applications. The real virtues of plastic become clear, however, when one takes advantage of the medium to produce a totally unconventional component. Fig. 1 depicts a precision polygon having internal facets - a part whose manufacture is not possible using conventional glassworking techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1979
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0181, Contemporary Optical Systems and Components Specifications, (7 September 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957352
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John D. Lytle, M.U. Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. (United States)

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

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