Abstract

We have investigated the surfae finishing of lithium niobate by using the single-point diamond turning technique. Surface finishes of better than 5 nm rms on z-oriented samples have been achieved. However, tool wear and spalling are much more significant with lithium niobate than with materials such as the crystals KDP and LAP. We present preliminary results comparing the optical damage thresholds of polished and diamond-turned samples.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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