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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 18588–18603

Subsurface damages of fused silica developed during deterministic small tool polishing

Haobo Cheng, Zhichao Dong, Xu Ye, and Hon-Yuen Tam  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 18588-18603 (2014)

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The subsurface damages (SSD) of fused silica developed during deterministic small tool polishing are experimentally investigated in this study. A leather pad (i.e., poromeric) is validated to be nearly SSD-free and superior to pitch and polyurethane. Rough abrasives are found to obviously increase SSD depth, and a leather pad can efficiently suppress the adverse effect of rough abrasives. The SSD depth induced by pitch and polyurethane pads (with rough abrasive) ranges from 0.77 to 1.49μm (~1/7-1/5 of abrasive size). High pressure, low velocity and slurry concentration can slightly increase SSD depth. Material removal rate of leather pad is also validated to be comparable with polyurethane and much higher than pitch tool; surface roughness polished by leather pad is Ra = 1.13nm, which is close to that of pitch but much better than polyurethane.

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(140.3330) Lasers and laser optics : Laser damage
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.5450) Optical design and fabrication : Polishing

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Original Manuscript: May 12, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2014
Published: July 24, 2014

Haobo Cheng, Zhichao Dong, Xu Ye, and Hon-Yuen Tam, "Subsurface damages of fused silica developed during deterministic small tool polishing," Opt. Express 22, 18588-18603 (2014)

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