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Great Strides in Optical Fabrication

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Largely unchanged for centuries, optical fabrication is today an evolving and dynamic field with notable advances in molding, surface process optimization and freeform-capable tools.

MARIE FREEBODY, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, marie.freebody@photonics.com

In 2018, a six-and-a-half-meter mirror made up of 18 hexagonal segments will quietly unfurl 1.5 million km from Earth, marking the end of years of intense research and refining of optics fabrication techniques. In the silence of space, the James Webb Space Telescope will turn its giant primary...Read full article

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