Process optimization for efficient convergence in large optics fabrication

Chang Jin Oh, Andrew E. Lowman, Hubert M. Martin, Greg A. Smith

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Abstract

Large optic fabrication is a delicate and time consuming process. Obtaining a large prime optic is often in the critical path of a project and poses a serious risk to both the schedule and budget. The Optical Engineering and Fabrication Facility (OEFF) at the College of Optical Sciences, the University of Arizona, has developed a new way of optimizing its large optic fabrication process for maximum efficiency in convergence. The new process optimization takes the amount of stock material removal, tool characteristics, metrology uncertainty, optic prescription, optic material properties, and resource availability as input parameters and provides an optimized process along with an achievable convergence. This paper presents technical details of the new process optimization and demonstrates performance on 6.5m mirror fabrication at the University of Arizona. Two case studies for an 8.4m GMT off-axis primary mirror segment and a 3.1m TMT convex secondary mirror fabrication are also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III
EditorsRoland Geyl, Ramon Navarro
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Print)9781510619654
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
EventAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume10706
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Other

OtherAdvances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation III 2018
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • Aspheric
  • Computer controlled polishing
  • Fabrication
  • Large optics
  • Testing

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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