SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1988

Ultrasmooth Sapphire Produced by Noncontact Polishing


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.

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Shaffer, JJ
Bennett, JM
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Developed by Committee: E13
Pages: 189–193
DOI: 10.1520/STP18550S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5032-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-4477-4