1 February 2011 Chemical bonding for precision optical assemblies
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We report on the optimization of precision optical component assemblies for space application with respect to mechanical resilience and retention of optical tolerances such as flatness and angles. Optimized parameters include: the cleaning method of the surfaces to be joined; type, concentration, and quantity of the chemical bonding agent; and post-bonding and curing conditions. Experimental studies and quality assurance are complicated by the large statistical spread in breaking stress, which requires the preparation of a large number of samples. The results previously reported in literature have focused primarily on fused silica, rather than space-qualifiable materials such as Zerodur® and ULE®, and have typically addressed only one or two of the parameters. This study provides a comprehensive picture and a better general understanding of what makes a bond reliably strong.
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Katie L. Green, Jan Burke, Bozenko F. Oreb, "Chemical bonding for precision optical assemblies," Optical Engineering 50(2), 023401 (1 February 2011). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3533034 . Submission:
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