ELID Grinding of Large Aspheric Optics

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,996.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX11CE96P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
105506
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
23 Soobitsky Road, Higganum, CT, 06441-4476
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
173579124
Principal Investigator:
Kai Xin
Principal Investigator
(518) 618-3056
kxin@ftoptics.com
Business Contact:
Flemming Tinker
Business Official
(860) 316-2589
ftinker@ftoptics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Large aperture aspheric optics are among the most susceptible optical surfaces to the accumulation of periodic surface artifacts during fabrication. Periodic features are created during the manufacturing process and lead to significant degradation in imaging performance. Most research on the topic addresses polishing, and in particular smoothing of periodic features. Our proposal addresses preventing such surface artifacts during the generating and grinding processes. Prevention upstream in the process can lead to significant cost reductions and simplification of downstream polishing processes.The Phase-1 effort will study of how the introduction of an ELID in-situ tool dressing technique can prevent or minimize the creation of mid and high spatial frequency surface features in the process of fabricating glass and Silicon Carbide aspheric optics and replication mandrels. We propose to construct and test an experimental platform that allows us to characterize the benefits and tune the process. We expect the result of this work to prepare the way to apply this technology to meter-class optical mirrors and replication mandrels as part of a Phase-II effort and will contribute to a strategy of cost reductions necessary for insertion of segmented aspheric and glancing incidence optics in future telescope missions.

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