Optical Components


  • Thin-Film Optical Components For Use In Non-Linear Optical Systems
    Thin-Film Optical Components For Use In Non-Linear Optical Systems

    Bio-imaging and detection techniques that use non-linear optical (NLO) phenomena have led to great advancements, such as super-resolution images, label-free visualization of naturally occurring biomolecules, and greater freedom for working with in-vivo samples. This white paper discusses the importance of choosing thin-film optical components for NLO systems to ensure optimal signal strength, resolution, and image quality.

  • Wavelength Selective Switching In Optical Communications
    Wavelength Selective Switching In Optical Communications

    Micro-lens arrays are monolithic components manufactured from synthetic fused silica and a laser writing process, which are created for high accuracy array collimation and coupling. PowerPhotonic designs and develops these micro-lens arrays for applications involving coupling between laser sources, fiber and waveguide arrays, optical multiplexing, and optical switching. This application note discusses micro-lens arrays, as well as the technologies they are used in such as wavelength selective switching, WSS technology, and MEMS and LCoS switches.

  • Metallic Mirror Coatings
    Metallic Mirror Coatings

    Edmund Optics offers a large variety of precision parabolic, spherical, and flat mirrors with an array of metallic and dielectric coatings to suit all application requirements in different regions of the spectrum. Standard metallic mirror coatings include protected aluminum, enhanced aluminum, UV enhanced aluminum, DUV enhanced aluminum, bare gold, protected gold, and protected silver. This application note introduces their first and second surface mirrors, enhanced metal coatings, and available custom coatings.

  • Environmentally Friendly Fibers
    Environmentally Friendly Fibers

    A new demand that has been placed on glass optical fibers is the need for environmental compatibility. The SCHOTT technology group provides a solution for this demand with their new PURAVIS® glass optical fibers that offer several improved performance parameters compared to other types of glass. The process for manufacturing these products does not use lead, arsenic, or antimony, and already complies with future environmental requirements.

  • Devices Automatically In The Best Light
    Devices Automatically In The Best Light

    Manual instruments in production are gradually being replaced by automated optical measurement systems, where optimal illumination determines the test quality. A device that illustrates this transition is the ZEISS O-SELECT with an LED ring light from SCHOTT. 

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Compact LWIR Thermal Camera Core: Boson® Compact LWIR Thermal Camera Core: Boson®

FLIR offers the Boson® longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal camera using XIR™ expandable infrared video processing architecture to enable advanced image processing, video analytics, peripheral sensor drivers, and several industry-standard communication interfaces while maintaining low power consumption. Setting a new standard for size, weight, and power (SWaP), this core includes a 12µm pitch vanadium oxide (VOx) uncooled detector in 640 x 512 or 320 x 256 resolutions.

Chemically Strengthened Glass For Displays, Sensors, And Scanners: AGC Dragontrail™ Chemically Strengthened Glass For Displays, Sensors, And Scanners: AGC Dragontrail™

Abrisa Technologies now offers the innovative High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) Asahi Glass Corporation (AGC) Dragontrail™ aluminosilicate glass for cover glass, display, sensor, and scanner technologies. Dragontrail supports low profile, reduced weight, portable field, and industrial devices with a toughness of 6x that of soda lime float. It is designed to enhance the usable lifetime of high contact touch displays, and industrial image sensors, document scanners, and on board vehicular and avionics displays.

SCHOTT Fiber Optic Faceplates SCHOTT Fiber Optic Faceplates

SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging offers a series of fiber optic faceplates designed for high-resolution, “zero thickness” image transfer applications such as CCD and CMOS coupling, LCD and OLED displays, image intensification, remote viewing, field flattening, and X-ray imaging. 

HermeS® Hermetic Through Glass Via (TGV) Wafer For MEMS Devices HermeS® Hermetic Through Glass Via (TGV) Wafer For MEMS Devices

SCHOTT Electronic Packaging offers the HermeS® glass substrate wafer with hermetically sealed solid “Through Glass Vias” (TGV) designed to enable fully gastight and long-term robust enclosures for MEMS devices such as industrial hermetic MEMS sensors, medical MEMS, and RF MEMS. It features fine-pitched vias that allow for reliable conduction of electrical signals and power into and out of MEMS devices.

Laser Line Mirrors Laser Line Mirrors

Optics Balzers has successfully developed and tested a special dielectric layer system with PARMS coating technology, making it possible to manufacture 45°-HR mirrors for 1030nm applications with an established destruction threshold of 0.44J/cm² at 210fs. These mirrors are typically used in ultra-short pulsed systems of Yb:YAG solid-state lasers.

Coated Laser Optics Coated Laser Optics

LASER COMPONENTS designs and manufactures dielectric coatings for a wide range of laser optics applications. The laser optics provided by LASER COMPONENTS are mostly OEM products that meet the individual customer's specifications; the products include substrates and dielectric coatings. 

Aviation Lighting Aviation Lighting

The perfect lighting sets the atmosphere of any aircraft cabin. SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging aims to use natural lighting with different intensities and color shades to create a perfect lighting mix with an unmatched overall impression and atmosphere.

PURAVIS® Eco-Friendly Glass Optical Fibers PURAVIS® Eco-Friendly Glass Optical Fibers

The PURAVIS® eco-friendly glass optical fibers from SCHOTT are designed for outstanding transmission of white light, even for long length applications. This “green” product is manufactured in an entirely environmentally friendly manner, including the entire proprietary manufacturing process, making the fibers automatically compliant with the EU directives RoHS and REACH.

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Optics is an interesting subset of physics. It is the study of light and how it can be used in various industries from measurements to biology as well as photography to navigation. Optics is a fascinating field and we are just beginning to scratch the surface with what we know. One of the most interesting developments in optics is the use of fiber optics in the transmission of data. Light is used to transmit data across long distances and this has proved to be efficient as well as inexpensive.

Light is the fasted trailing particle in the universe and it is radiated from one point to the next in the form of waves. Light in a vacuum can travel at an astonishing 300 million meters per second, a speed that would take it to the moon in just about one second. Optics is primarily concerned with the use of light and how the light can be reflected, refracted, bent or manipulated in just about any way. The unique nature of light gives tremendous benefits in using it in various industries. Optics is no one of the ways where light can be used to store data. It seems that anything electrons have done in the past, light waves are able to do, just able to do it faster. In the beginning copper cables were used to transmit electrical pulses in network data transfer. While at that time it was a breakthrough, it was comparatively slow to the movement of light through fiber optics. Once fiber optics replaced, broad band speeds were achieved. All thanks to optics. The uses of optics can advance further with headway being made in fields of defense as well as medicine. Optics are now being used to return sight to the blind as well as create sight for robots.