STP1028: Ultrasmooth Sapphire Produced by Noncontact Polishing

    Shaffer, JJ
    Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California

    Bennett, JM
    Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California

    Pages: 5    Published: Jan 1988


    The history and theory of noncontact polishing is discussed, along with a simple machine that will perform noncontact polishing including lap speeds and polishing pressure. Research using this machine is described. An extended polishing experiment produced the smoothest surface ever measured at the Naval Weapons Center.


    aquaplaning, noncontact polish, sapphire surface roughness, tin lap

    Paper ID: STP18550S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E13.06

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18550S

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