A Clean Mirror is a Mirror Ready to be Coated
Today the process of coating the 40-inch mirror began at JDSU began with a thorough cleaning. You recognize these three bunny suited glass guardians, right? In case you don’t, that is Steve on the left, Larry in the middle and Mark on the right. The mirror was placed in this space for the thorough cleaning and drying that is necessary to get a perfect aluminum coating to adhere. The expert team from JDSU invited the RFO mirror making team to not only witness but participate in the process as they take it through the painstaking steps needed to produce the results for which they are renowned.
Once the cleaning was done and the surface dried, the inspection for any defects proceeded. Satisfied, the mirror was placed back into its carrier and moved so carefully and slowly to the coating chamber where it will wait until tomorrow morning. We’ve stopped breathing now.