The Polishing of Surfaces


THE manner in which an optical polish is produced on glass and metal surfaces has been considered by the late Lord Rayleigh (“Polish”, Collected Papers, vol. 4, p. 542, “Interference Bands”, vol. 4, p. 54). The amorphous layer theory of the late Sir George Beilby is well known. The article by Dr. J. W. French on “The Working of Optical Parts” (“Dictionary of Applied Physics”, vol. 4) summarises and extends these considerations. Reference may also be made to a paper by M. M. Fichter, a notice of which appeared in NATURE, August 2, 1924, p. 173.

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MACAULAY, J. The Polishing of Surfaces. Nature 118, 339 (1926).

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