Optical Components

OPTICAL COMPONENTS WHITE PAPERS & APPLICATION NOTES

  • 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.

  • Large-Format, Narrow Band Pass Filters (NBPF) – A Uniformity Challenge

    Within so many diverse optical filtering applications, large-format (>100 mm diameter), narrow bandpass filters (NBPF) are required to be used alongside large collection optics in order to facilitate specific and selective analysis of a phenomena or the substance of interest.

  • More Raman Wavelengths, More Choices: The Utility Of Raman Spectroscopy

    Raman spectroscopy plays a huge part in the analysis of materials such as explosives in the field, pharmaceutical ingredients in the lab, and changes in genetic material, proteins, and lipids in clinical settings. Utilizing non-elastic scattering of laser light from a molecule to probe the molecular structure and create a vibrational transition in the sample, a molecular fingerprint is gradually built up. There are multiple wavelength analysis selections that can be used for a wide variety of applications. This application note discusses the benefits of using each wavelength, and presents different applications they are used for.

  • 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.

  • Specifying Wavefront Or Surface Error In Aspheres

    The optical quality of aspheric mirrors is commonly specified by their surface accuracy and reflected wavefront error. The surface error is the deviation of the surface from its perfect form, while the wavefront error is the deviation of the resulting reflected or transmitted wavefront from its perfect shape. It is often assumed that these tolerances are related to each other by a simple scale factor. However, that is not the case when it comes to aspheric mirrors. This application note compares surface accuracy measurements with wavefront error measurements, and provides an application example on using them in off-axis parabolas.

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OPTICAL COMPONENTS PRODUCTS

Crystal Optic Capabilities Crystal Optic Capabilities

Gooch & Housego is capable of producing, orienting, fabricating, and finishing a wide range of optical crystals from a variety of materials. These crystals can be used in many applications including lasers, Pockels cells, Q-switches, acousto-optic modulators and beam deflectors, harmonic generators, and waveplates.

Electro-Optic Capabilities Electro-Optic Capabilities

Gooch & Housego designs and manufactures electro-optic Pockels cells. These cells are produced from dideuterium phosphate, β-barium borate, or cadmium telluride, and have clear aperture diameters ranging from 1.8 mm to 100 mm.

MHK C-Shape Stainless Steel Mirror Holders MHK C-Shape Stainless Steel Mirror Holders

OptoSigma provides MHK C-shaped stainless steel mirror holders designed for 12.7 mm dichroic mirrors and beamsplitters. The holders feature high-resolution adjustment, and a knob-less design that is suitable for system integration.

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.

Near-Eye Display Solutions Near-Eye Display Solutions

Optics Blazers manufactures Near-Eye Display combiners and other components for optimized display performance and see-through properties. With an integrated manufacturing chain, this company can deliver single reflective surface, multiple reflective surface, free-form, or diffractive combiners. Optics Blazers’ solutions are developed with cost and scalability in mind to serve the competitive consumer electronics market.

High-Resolution Xenon-Topaz Lenses For 1.1” Sensors High-Resolution Xenon-Topaz Lenses For 1.1” Sensors

Schneider Optics presents the new Xenon-Topaz lenses that are suitable for modern 1.1” CCD and CMOS sensors with 12 megapixels and a pixel size up to 3.0 μm. These low-weight compact lenses are fitted with a C-mount, and have a 17.6 mm diameter image circle.

High Rigidity MHL Mirror Holders High Rigidity MHL Mirror Holders

OptoSigma’s MHL high rigidity mirror holder is kinematic with a featured blade spring. The holder’s high rigidity makes the device capable of suppressing the positional shift from shocks or vibrations.

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.

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OPTICAL COMPONENTS NEWS

  • Qioptiq Introduces Fetura+ High-Speed Zoom Lens System

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies® Company, recently introduced the Fetura+™ Advanced Zoom Lens enabling high speed and reliable optical performance for the machine vision and inspection markets. Fetura+ features a unique linear rail design coupled with precision optics to enable it to travel through the 12.5:1 zoom range in less than one second. Due to this unique design, Fetura+ offers a service life in excess of one million cycles and delivers exacting repeatability in any orientation.

  • High-Power Laser Mirrors Reflect Three 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.

  • Qioptiq mag.x system 125 Now Optimized For 35 mm Camera Format Sensors

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies® Company, recently introduces the new 1.73x Tube Lens as a widely desired addition to the mag.x system 125. Representing a new class of optical systems that enable microscope-like resolution with wide fields-of-view to support modern high-resolution sensors, the 1.73x Tube Lens makes the mag.x system 125 a perfect match for sensors with the 35 mm camera format.

  • Wide Angle, VIS To SWIR Sensor And Scanner Window Solutions

    ZC&R Coatings for Optics (ZC&R), a division of Abrisa Technologies, now offers high throughput efficiency Wide Angle, Broad Spectrum Sensor and Laser Scanning Window solutions for the visible 425-675nm (VIS), visible to near infra-red 425-1050nm (VIS-NIR), short wave infrared 700-1800nm (SWIR) and popular laser and LED wavelengths from 405 to 1550nm. Designed for image sensors and scanners these optics are used in industrial 3D metrology, machine vision, automotive obstacle avoidance, security and surveillance, document scanners, 3D scanning, gesture recognition and other digital imaging applications.

  • Invenios Acquires Varioptic, Liquid Lens Technology

    Invenios LLC, an advanced technology micro-fabrication foundry specializing in glass structuring, micro glass packaging and glass bonding is a world leader in providing consumables and devices for gene sequencing, bio-medical, sensor, electronic and optical applications announced recently that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varioptic, previously a Business Unit of Parrot Drones SAS for an undisclosed amount.

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OPTICAL COMPONENTS / OPTICS ABOUT DOCUMENT

Optics

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.