1 December 1991 Rapid optical fabrication with computer-controlled optical surfacing
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In the next decades, we foresee the need for the fabrication of many large aspheric mirrors for space and astronomy applications. Itek Optical Systems has developed computer-controlled optical surfacing for rapidly fabricating such optics. Recently, these operations have been improved with the development of a sheaf of new processes based on a greatly increased understanding of the mechanics of glass surfacing. These improvements have already produced a reduction of large optics surfacing time by a factor of four, and the technology points toward a possible further reduction by a factor of two.
Robert A. Jones, Robert A. Jones, Wiktor J. Rupp, Wiktor J. Rupp, } "Rapid optical fabrication with computer-controlled optical surfacing," Optical Engineering 30(12), (1 December 1991). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.56019 . Submission:
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