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Review on polishing technology of small-scale aspheric optics | SpringerLink

Review on polishing technology of small-scale aspheric optics


Small-scale aspheric optical elements have an urgent market demand and a wide range of applications. With the development of science and technology and the increasing requirements on product quality, the polishing technology of small size aspheric optical elements is becoming much more important in the field of ultra-precision machining. This paper first gave a brief introduction of the commonly used material for small size aspherical optical lenses and molds. Then, the applicable polishing technologies and their development status were introduced in detail, which included the computer controlled optical surface (CCOS), abrasive jet polishing (AJP), magnetorheological finishing (MF), ion beam polishing (IBP), bonnet polishing (BP), chemical mechanical polishing (CMP), shear-thickening polishing (STP), laser polishing (LP), and several kinds of compound polishing technologies. Finally, the development of polishing technology for small size aspheric optical components was summarized and prospected.

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This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 52075463 & 51805459) and Technology Plan Project of Fujian Province (No. 2017H0036).

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Yunfeng Peng and Bingyi Shen mainly contributed in the ideal and paper writing. Zhenzhong Wang, Ping Yang, Wei Yang, and Guo Bi contributed the reference materials collecting and partly paper writing. Guo Bi contributed the preparation of illustrations.

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Peng, Y., Shen, B., Wang, Z. et al. Review on polishing technology of small-scale aspheric optics. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 115, 965–987 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-021-07202-3

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