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16 December 1976 Applications Of Diamond Turning To Infrared Optical Systems
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Diamond turning is immediately applicable to the fabrication of infrared optical components because presently available machines can meet the reduced absolute accuracies required at 10 micrometers. An initial survey of infrared sensor programs at the Honeywell Radiation Center has been conducted to predict the near term and future demand for diamond turned optical components. Not only does the fabrication process promise significant cost savings as compared to conventional lapping and polishing methods, but, as in the case of aspheric lenses, wider applications are also sought to reduce weight and space requirements. In addition, broader usage of diamond turned aspherics reduces total parts count and assembly and alignment time, provided proper tools and test equipment are employed. The potential cost savings of diamond turned vs conventionally-fabricated optics are summarized for contracts at the Radiation Center. The savings were calculated by subtracting the difference in fabrication costs and multiplying by the number of items expected to be produced into the mid-1980's. Technical fall-out potential of the diamond turning process is also noted in the apparent ability of a coated sample to pass a 24-hour salt fog test.
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Floyd E. Johnson and Theodore T. Saito "Applications Of Diamond Turning To Infrared Optical Systems", Proc. SPIE 0093, Advances in Precision Machining of Optics, (16 December 1976);


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