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    By: Jens Bliedtner, Rupert Hector

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    A practical, full-color guide to optical manufacturing

    Featuring more than 300 full-color photos and illustrations, Optical Technology describes the basics of optics and optical materials and the methods and applications of optical manufacturing and assembly. Important procedures for the production of optical components and systems are examined in detail. Real-world examples demonstrate the potential of various manufacturing procedures, and end-of-chapter questions reinforce key concepts. This is an invaluable resource for optical designers and fabrication engineers and also a well-rounded introduction to optics and optical technology.

    On the book's website are more than two hours of video featuring selected fabrication and assembly techniques, plus SagCalc, a practical fabrication-specific software.

    Optical Technology covers:

    Development of glass and optical production

    Basics of optics

    Optical materials, including mineral glass, organic glass, and crystals

    Foundations of the manufacturing process

    Primary forming of optical glass

    Transforming methods

    Cutting processes, including dividing, grinding, drilling, lapping, polishing, and centering

    Ultra-precision processing, structuring, and cleaning

    Coating with protective and optical layers

    Material property changes, such as annealing, strengthening, aging, coloration, and phototropic effects

    Joining processes, including blocking, clamping, and connecting optical elements

    Selecting fabrication technologies based on required specifications

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