Precision Asphere capability coupled with experience
Precision aspheres have been a distinguishing product in the Jupiter facility since the founding of Coastal Optical in 1991. In 2002, the company transitioned from conventional polishing by master opticians to deterministic CNC polishing using QED’s MRF® technology.
In 2002 JENOPTIK successfully delivered the first MRF® polished aspheric flight hardware to Ball Aerospace for the Calipso program. Since then, we have regularly delivered precision aspheres in fused silica, calcium fluoride, zerodur, ULE, silicon and optical glasses in sizes from 15 mm to 240 mm in diameter. Applications include optics for space, military, scientific and entertainment.
Aspheric metrology enables manufacturing
The challenges associated with asphere metrology became the key schedule and cost driver after moving to deterministic polishing in 2002. Jenoptik has both available commercial solutions in the QED’s SSI-A® stitching interferometer and the Zygo Verifire™ Asphere interferometer which maximizes the range of aspheric optics measurable without custom metrology considerations.
Asphere Lab capabilities
Jenoptik Optical Systems full complement of dedicated asphere manufacturing and metrology equipment includes:
|Generating:||OptiPro eSX 300|
|Schneider ALG 200 Aspheric generator|
|Polishing:||QED MRF® Q22-X polishing machine|
|Contact Metrology:||Taylor Hobson Talysurf stylus profilometer|
|Optical Metrology:||Zygo Verifire™ Asphere|
|QED SSI-A® Stitching interferometer|
Deterministic polishing on the QED Q22-X