26 September 2003 Deterministic manufacturing processes for precision optical surfaces
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The Center for Optics Manufacturing is developing computer-aided manufacturing technology to produce affordable high quality spherical and non-spherical optical surfaces. Advances in MRF magnetorheological finishing), a computer-controlled deterministic finishing technology, now demonstrate a capability to polish plano, spherical, aspherical, and cylindrical optics, with round or non-round apertures, to better than 0.05 wave p-v (peak-to-valley), 5.0 Å rms surface microroughness, and no subsurface damage. MRF is a paradigm shift in optics manufacturing that redefines the capabilities of the industry and will ultimately enable the affordable manufacture of any freeform optical shape.
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Harvey M. Pollicove, Edward M Fess, John M. Schoen, "Deterministic manufacturing processes for precision optical surfaces", Proc. SPIE 5078, Window and Dome Technologies VIII, (26 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487105; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.487105
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