Since the realization of the first laser cavity countless questions have been asked for which laser light has provided the answer. Numerous questions have also been posed in an effort to improve on our abilities to produce lasers with various performance specifications and wavelengths.
LASER COMPONENTS developed a new coating process for so-called triple mirrors that makes it possible to apply this complex layer design in one pass. Coatings for three wavelengths used to have to be manufactured in two passes. The new method not only results in higher specifications, but it also has the additional advantage of a shorter duration of production.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) have created optomechanical devices that utilize the momentum of photons to measure seldom-known minute forces.
On Sept. 14, 2015 at 5:51 a.m. EST, a very specific set of 40 kg mirrors moved in a very specific way — a distance thousands of times smaller than a proton — and humanity entered a new era. We spoke with David Reitze, executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), about the technology that confirmed Albert Einstein's theory of ripples in spacetime.
PI recently released their newest piezo steering mirrors, the S-331 fast tip/tilt platform with milli-second response and setting time and high dynamic linearity. These fast tip/tilt platforms are ideal for precision optics application in ambient and vacuum enviroments.
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in an experiment where they get an artificial atom to survive ten times longer than normal by positioning the atom in front of a mirror. The findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics.
Acton Optics & Coatings recently developed a new 193nm XL high-reflectance coating ideal for low-fluence, high-repetition excimer laser applications. This new coating is also great for micromachining and materials processing applications.
BOROFLOAT®, the world’s first borosilicate glass by SCHOTT, has become one of the most influential specialty glass materials with its thermal stability, superior surface quality, and remarkably high transmission for utilization in research applications such as its implementation in the Hobby Eberly Telescope.
This video demonstrates the use of the Piezo Drive in refractive eye surgery. These Piezo-based tilting mirrors direct the laser beam faster and more precisely than conventional scanners.
OptoSigma had their usual strong presence at the Photonics West exhibition in 2014. This year, Dan Denison took the time out to give us an overview of some of the products they had on display- most notably, their new line of super mirrors for applications involving ultra-high finesse optical cavities.
Shruti Sharma, inside sales manager with Hamamatsu, walks us through several of their product offerings displayed at Photonics West 2013.
Giuseppe Borghi, VP of marketing and sales at Media Lario Technologies (MLT), discusses MLT's disruptive manufacturing technology, high-precision replication by electroforming. This technology allows them to produce with cost and cycle time savings greater than 50% high-precision very thin mirrors with complex surfaces like non-rotationally symmetric and free-form. These complex mirrors can be integrated into single aperture multispectral (VIS to LWIR) sensor systems delivering top performance, compactness, and low mass solutions for defense surveillance and security airborne, UAV, and earth observation applications.