Ion Beam Figuring for the Center for Advanced Optical Systems (CSOA)


An Ion Beam Figuring machine allows a contactless polishing process. A small beam of positive ions (Argon) is projected against a substrate surface. Ions produce a chain collision with the atoms that allows material to be extracted in a controlled way. Before g to carry out the process, the surface must be measured with an interferometer, which will allow the generation of a map of action on the surface.

With this process we can obtain very high quality polishing results but it is slow process. Ion Beam Figuring is very useful for high-precision edge finishing, spatial optics, and optical elements working with high-power lasers.

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MICIU_Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia
UE_NextGenerationEU. Plan de Recuperación