27 December 2001 Development of optimal grinding and polishing tools for aspheric surfaces
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The ability to grind and polish steep aspheric surfaces to high quality is limited by the tools used for working the surface. The optician prefers to use large, stiff tools to get good natural smoothing, avoiding small scale surface errors. This is difficult for steep aspheres because the tools must have sufficient compliance to fit the aspheric surface, yet we wish the tools to be stiff so they wear down high regions on the surface. This paper presents a toolkit for designing optimal tools that provide large scale compliance to fit the aspheric surface, yet maintain small scale stiffness for efficient polishing.
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James H. Burge, Bill Anderson, Scott Benjamin, Myung K. Cho, Koby Z. Smith, Martin J. Valente, "Development of optimal grinding and polishing tools for aspheric surfaces", Proc. SPIE 4451, Optical Manufacturing and Testing IV, (27 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.453615; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.453615
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