A practical, full-color guide to optical manufacturingFeaturing 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 productionBasics of opticsOptical materials, including mineral glass, organic glass, and crystalsFoundations of the manufacturing processPrimary forming of optical glassTransforming methodsCutting processes, including dividing, grinding, drilling, lapping, polishing, and centeringUltra-precision processing, structuring, and cleaningCoating with protective and optical layersMaterial property changes, such as annealing, strengthening, aging, coloration, and phototropic effectsJoining processes, including blocking, clamping, and connecting optical elementsSelecting fabrication technologies based on required specifications

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