Accession Number:

AD0758898

Title:

Research Directed Toward the Development of an Improved Process for Optical Grating Ruling.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. (Part 1), 31 Jan 70-29 Feb 72,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE SPECTROSCOPY LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-04-30

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

The largest interferometrically controlled ruling engine yet constructed, of 18 x 24 inch capacity, is now in successful use, and has ruled more than 60 large diffraction gratings and echelles, in sizes up to 16 x 24 inches. Replicas of echelles and gratings ruled, and some originals, are now in use at Sacramento Peak and Kitt Peak Observatories, and in various university laboratories. The machine has proved itself as reliable as much smaller engines, and the principal difficulties in ruling gratings in these previously unattainable sizes are found to relate to the obtaining of satisfactory blanks, suitable coatings, and to wear of the ruling diamond when total groove length exceeds about 80,000 meters per grating. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE