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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2458–2463

Removal of single point diamond-turning marks by abrasive jet polishing

Z. Z. Li, J. M. Wang, X. Q. Peng, L. T. Ho, Z. Q. Yin, S. Y. Li, and C. F. Cheung  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 16, pp. 2458-2463 (2011)

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Single point diamond turning (SPDT) is highly controllable and versatile in producing axially symmetric forms, non-axially-symmetric forms, microstructured surfaces, and free forms. However, the fine SPDT marks left in the surface limit its performance, and they are difficult to reduce or eliminate. It is unpractical for traditional methods to remove the fine marks without destroying their forms, especially for the aspheres and free forms. This paper introduces abrasive jet polishing (AJP) for the posttreatment of diamond-turned surfaces to remove the periodic microstructures. Samples of diamond-turned electroless nickel plated plano mirror were used in the experiments. One sample with an original surface roughness of more than 400 nm decreased to 4 nm after two iterations abrasive jet polishing; the surface roughness of another sample went from 3.7 nm to 1.4 nm after polishing. The periodic signatures on both of the samples were removed entirely after polishing. Contrastive experimental research was carried out on electroless nickel mirror with magnetorheological finishing, computer controlled optical surfacing, and AJP. The experimental results indicate that AJP is more appropriate in removing the periodic SPDT marks. Also, a figure maintaining experiment was carried out with the AJP process; the uniform polishing process shows that the AJP process can remove the periodic turning marks without destroying the original form.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.4610) Optical design and fabrication : Optical fabrication
(220.5450) Optical design and fabrication : Polishing

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: November 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2011
Published: May 27, 2011

Z. Z. Li, J. M. Wang, X. Q. Peng, L. T. Ho, Z. Q. Yin, S. Y. Li, and C. F. Cheung, "Removal of single point diamond-turning marks by abrasive jet polishing," Appl. Opt. 50, 2458-2463 (2011)

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