Ultra Precision Lathe Facility

The Ultra-Precision Lathe Facility at the ANU can custom machine metal and certain classes of optical crystals to optical grade precision. The facility houses a Moore Nanatech 250 UPL lathe with a stiff air bearing spindle. Depending on the material and the complexity of the form, surface smoothness of up to l/50 may be attainable. The lathe has precision 4 axes control and can fabricate non-cylindrically symmetric optical components with size ranging from 100s mm to 10s cm. Hexagonal monolithic mirrors, whispering gallery mode optical resonators, spiral reflector plates and aspheric mirrors are some of the components the lathe can produce.

A PhD student conducting an experiment using a Moore Nanotech 250 UPL Lathe at the Australian National University in Canberra.