Development of optimal grinding and polishing tools for aspheric surfaces

J. H. Burge, B. Anderson, S. Benjamin, M. Cho, K. Smith, M. Valente

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2001
EventOptical Manufacturing and Testing IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 31 2001Aug 2 2001


  • Aspherics
  • Optical fabrication
  • Polishing technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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