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Iridian Spectral Technologies Ltd (Iridian) – Ottawa, ON, Canadawww.iridian.ca – Iridian Spectral Technologies Ltd is a diversified optical filter manufacturer that is an international leader in filter design and manufacture especially for application in the fields of fiber optic communications, optical spectroscopy, 3D entertainment, and in aerospace. Iridian Spectral Technologies Ltd was ranked as one of the top 150 high technology companies in Canada in the 2011 and 2012 Branham300 rankings and won the 2010 Canada Export Achievement Award for the province of Ontario sponsored by Profit magazine together with Export Development Corporation (EDC). Iridian Spectral Technologies Ltd is a global supplier with distributors in many countries particularly in Asia.   Follow us on Twitter @IridianSpectral

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Messages From Above - Optical Satcom Lights The Way
Messages From Above - Optical Satcom Lights The Way We live in the “Communications Age”, but there is still further evolution to come that will necessitate extending the communications reach even further.  While we have laid down a large physical infrastructure of wireline fiber-optic networks and wireless cellular base stations, the next advances in communications, 5G and machine-to-machine communications, will require “help from above” to blanket literally every...  Continue Reading...
Remote Sensing With LiDAR Requires Optical Filter Trade-Offs
Remote Sensing With LiDAR Requires Optical Filter Trade-Offs Engineers and designers working on LiDAR applications should consider critical filter issues early on.  Continue Reading...
Specifying Surface Figure And Wavefront Distortion For Multi-layer Optical Filters
Specifying Surface Figure And Wavefront Distortion For Multi-layer Optical Filters This white paper helps the reader understand where, when, how, and how much to specify wavefront distortion to ensure that functional requirements of filters are guaranteed while unnecessary and costly constraints are avoided.  Continue Reading...
LiDAR And Optical Filters – Helping Autonomous Vehicles See More Clearly
LiDAR And Optical Filters – Helping Autonomous Vehicles See More Clearly The evolution of sensing and imaging systems, combined with the desire to create safer, more efficient transportation systems, is driving the development of autonomous vehicles. LiDAR is a key technology that will eventually help carry this growth through to “Level 5” autonomy.  Continue Reading...
The Right Filter Is Key To Lower-Cost And Faster Time-To-Market MWIR Equipment
The Right Filter Is Key To Lower-Cost And Faster Time-To-Market MWIR Equipment Midwave (MWIR) infrared light is important in many hardware applications and optical filters are critical to success. Some simple practices can help avoid over specifying filter characteristics and driving up costs.  Continue Reading...
How To Specify A Filter
How To Specify A Filter In general, typical filter optical specifications will include the wavelength ranges over which to reflect and transmit light, clear aperture of the filter, the polarization state of light for non-normal angles of incidence, light coherency (laser or white light), optical beam size and cone angle of light, and more.   Continue Reading...
Optical Interconnects For Data Centers — Lighting The Cloud
Optical Interconnects For Data Centers — Lighting The Cloud The demand for storage and data transfer capacity has increased dramatically over the last decade. The need to constantly access and transfer data to and from, as well as within, data centers has placed a huge load on the interconnects connecting the backplanes of data servers.   Continue Reading...
Frequently Asked Questions: Optical Thin Film Filters
Frequently Asked Questions: Optical Thin Film Filters This article answers an array of frequently asked questions about optical thin film filters. It provides in-depth information on what they are, how they are created, how they perform, and what to look for when selecting an optical thin film filter supplier.  Continue Reading...
The Eyes Of The Instruments: Using Optical Filters To Observe And Measure Earth From A Different Perspective
The Eyes Of The Instruments: Using Optical Filters To Observe And Measure Earth From A Different Perspective An improved ability to manage or understand the natural or influenced phenomena is critical to ensuring that we maintain a healthy planet capable of sustaining humanity as part of its diverse biomass. But understanding these phenomena and how they are changing over time requires measurement.  Continue Reading...
Understanding Edge Filters For Raman Spectroscopy
Understanding Edge Filters For Raman Spectroscopy Since the excitation source laser intensity is often six to eight orders of magnitude greater than the Raman scattered signal, edge pass filters are required to block the wavelength of the scattered laser beam while transmitting the wavelength shifted Raman scattered signal.  Continue Reading...
Large-Format, Narrow Band Pass Filters (NBPF) – A Uniformity Challenge
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.  Continue Reading...
Enhancing Endoscopy With Optical Filters
Enhancing Endoscopy With Optical Filters While white-light reflectance (WLR) imaging has become the standard for in vivo diagnosis using “conventional endoscopy,” this white paper details three alternatives — or supplements — to WLR that leverage the wavelength selectivity provided by optical filters.  Continue Reading...
Optical Filters: Right In Front Of Your Eyes
Optical Filters: Right In Front Of Your Eyes Continued improvements in multilayer thin film filter (TFF) design and manufacturing methods — such as in-situ optical monitoring and automated coater control with dynamic design adjustment — have enabled successful production of optical filters with increasing control over the spectral shape.   Continue Reading...
Clear The Air: New Optical Filters For Sensors And Detectors
Clear The Air: New Optical Filters For Sensors And Detectors Environmental air quality; proximity control; crowd counting; climate change; the “Internet of Things”.  Our world has become an increasingly monitored place where the proliferation of sensors and detectors allows us, and our devices, to better understand and interact with our environments.    Continue Reading...
Optical Filters For Raman Analysis: Finding The Needle In The Haystack
Optical Filters For Raman Analysis: Finding The Needle In The Haystack Most Raman microscopy applications seek to maximize access to the Raman fingerprint of the molecule of interest, requiring filters that provide “more signal with less background.” This article discusses optical filters for Raman analysis, addressing filters for both bench-top and portable Raman applications.  Continue Reading...
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The Growth Of LiDAR For Autonomous Vehicles
The Growth Of LiDAR For Autonomous Vehicles What is a steering wheel? This might not be such an odd question for drivers in the near future. As autonomous vehicles begin to dominate our roads, LiDAR will be an important technology that will allow them to navigate and respond in a safe manner.  Continue Reading...
Iridian Spectral Technologies: The #1 Choice For OEM Manufacturers
Iridian Spectral Technologies: The #1 Choice For OEM Manufacturers Iridian Spectral Technologies offers advanced thin film optical filter technology for telecom, spectroscopic instrumentation and lasers, as well as biophotonics, micro-optics, and aerospace applications.  Continue Reading...
Datacom Filters: Lighting The Cloud
Datacom Filters: Lighting The Cloud As Datacom applications become more widespread, greater requirements are placed on optical filter reliability, storage capabilities, smaller sizes, and costliness. At Photonics West 2018, Jason Palidwar of Iridian Spectral discussed the importance of the use of optical filters in regards to how they help transfer, store, and access data from the Cloud<>  Continue Reading...
You Cannot Manage What You Cannot Measure: Optical Filter Manufacturing
You Cannot Manage What You Cannot Measure: Optical Filter Manufacturing On the first day of DCS 2017, Jason Palidwar, with Iridian Spectral Technologies, spent a few minutes with us talking about the 3 key criteria that apply to all of the filters his company manufactures – surface quality, spectral characteristics, and durability and reliability.  Continue Reading...
The Challenges Of Using And Manufacturing Optical Filters In Earth-Observation
The Challenges Of Using And Manufacturing Optical Filters In Earth-Observation Optical filters play a key part in providing wavelength selections in earth-observation systems, but they provide a unique challenge in space-based applications. Jason Palidwar with Iridian Spectral talked to us about some of those challenges, and how his organization has addressed them.  Continue Reading...
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Iridian Spectral Technologies

2700 Swansea Crescent

Ottawa, ON K1G6R8

CANADA

Phone: 613-741-4513

Contact: Jason Palidwar

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  • Satcom Optical Filters And Coatings
    Satcom Optical Filters And Coatings

    Iridian offers over 20 years of experience in producing industry leading optical telecommunication and datacom filters for terrestrial systems. Commercial satcom networks will consist of constellations of 100’s to 1000’s of satellites in an interconnected low earth orbit (LEO) mesh. Many of these systems rely on an optical intersatellite link (OISL) architecture to connect satellites via laser based optical communications. Optical filters provide wavelength selectivity to these systems addressing different functional needs from solar rejection windows to beam steering wavelength selective dichroic filters.

  • Optical Filters For LiDAR Laser Sensors
    Optical Filters For LiDAR Laser Sensors

    Iridian Spectral Technologies offers LiDAR laser sensor systems with common laser wavelengths including 532 nm, 905 nm, 1064 nm, and 1550 nm. These filters provide more signal with less background and are ideal for laser sensor applications, including airborne laser scanning and other methods of capturing 3D data of large areas.

  • Raman Filters
    Raman Filters

    In Raman spectroscopy applications, emitted light is very close in wavelength range to the excitation light. In order to attenuate a laser’s signal from reaching the detector while at the same time transmitting the weak emitted light signal, notch or edge pass Raman filters are required. Because of their high transmittance and extended deep blocking, Raman laser line filters are also required to ensure that only the desired wavelength is actually illuminating the sample being tested. This page provides an overview of Iridian Spectral Technologies' line of filters for Raman spectroscopy.

  • Optical Filter Solutions For Datacom Applications
    Optical Filter Solutions For Datacom Applications

    Iridian Spectral designs and manufactures optical filter solutions for long haul and metro access fiber-optic telecom customers. Iridian also applies the same proven thin film filter technology to address the growing needs for Datacom optical filtering providing wavelength selectivity to DCI devices such as transceivers and tunable laser assemblies (TLA).

  • Space And Specialty Optical Filters For Earth Observation
    Space And Specialty Optical Filters For Earth Observation

    In astronomical observations, optical filters are able to provide the wavelength selectivity needed to enable telescopes to discriminate signal from background information. These filters often require larger sizes, higher uniformity, and excellent surface quality and surface figure.

  • Telecom Filters
    Telecom Filters

    Iridian Spectral Technologies ships anywhere between 10,000 to 40,000 telecom filters per week. These filters are used in a wide variety of telecom applications, including wavelength multiplexing and de-multiplexing,  optical amplification/gain flattening, laser wavelength stabilization, pulse dispersion compensation, fiber-to-the home/business, and fiber line monitoring. More details on the applications can be found below.

  • Fluorescence Filters
    Fluorescence Filters

    Iridian offers excitation, dichroic, and emission fluorescence spectroscopy filters for confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and other biomedical applications. These dichroic (FLD) and emission (FLE) filters deliver more signals with less background noise, and are compatible with common excitation sources and fluorophores. They also feature high transmission and reflection levels, low ripple, steep edges, and deep blocking outside of the pass band.

  • MLWIR Optical Filters and Coatings
    MLWIR Optical Filters and Coatings

    Iridian Spectral Technologies' MLWIR (mid-long wave infrared) bandpass filters provide narrow and high transmission in the 2-10µm wavelength region, ultimately enabling an optical systems’ ability to detect a gas and its concentration in environmental and process analysis.

  • Optical Filters for Endoscopy and Medical Imaging
    Optical Filters for Endoscopy and Medical Imaging

    Iridian Spectral offers edge, notch, and band pass optical filters covering the 300nm (UV) to 10µm (LWIR) wavelength range for biomedical instrumentation, and medical devices for endoscopy and laparoscopy.

  • 3D Cinema Glasses and Projector Optics
    3D Cinema Glasses and Projector Optics

    The popularity of 3D cinema has grown in the last five years, and in that time, Iridian Spectral Technologies has manufactured millions of reusable 3D color band glasses for 3D cinema. They’re durable, scratch-resistant, and even dishwasher safe for sterilization and reuse.

  • Laser Reflection Glasses: LaseReflect Aviator
    Laser Reflection Glasses: LaseReflect Aviator

    In 2016, the FAA estimated a total of 8681 incidents where pilots were subjected to distractions, or in some extreme cases temporary blindness, by commercially available laser pointers. To combat this, Iridian Spectral Technologies developed LaseReflect aviator glasses to protect pilots from visible laser attacks.

  • Imaging Color Filters
    Imaging Color Filters

    Iridian Spectral Technologies has designed and manufactured a wide range of dielectric optical filters for imaging and machine vision applications. Featuring steep edges, high transmission values, and high durability, these color filters can be used to improve contrasts, and isolate spectral regions and colors in images.

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  • Fluorescence Filters Brochure
    Fluorescence Filters Brochure

    Iridian Spectral Technologies delivers fluorescence emission filters, excitation filters, fluorescence filter sets, and fluorescence multi-band filters for fluorescence analysis instruments, fluorescence imaging instruments and fluorescence microscopes. The available emission, excitation and dichroic filters provide more signal, less background noise, high transmission and reflection levels, low ripple, steep edges, and deep block to fluorescence instrument users and OEMs.

  • Raman Wide Angle Edge And Dichroic Filters Brochure
    Raman Wide Angle Edge And Dichroic Filters Brochure

    Iridian Spectral Technologies delivers an array of optical filter solutions, including bandpass filters, edge pass filters, and dichroic filters for Raman spectroscopic applications. Iridian also offers partnership opportunities to develop custom filter solutions.

  • Optical Filter Solutions For Datacom Brochure
    Optical Filter Solutions For Datacom Brochure

    Iridian Spectral Technologies offers optical filter solutions to address the growing needs for Datacom optical filtering applications. These Datacom filter solutions can now address needs like wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) in transceivers, broad bandpass filters transmitting the entire O, C, or L-band, and silicon (Si) etalons for TLA. D

  • High-Value Fluorescence Filters Brochure
    High-Value Fluorescence Filters Brochure

    Iridian Spectral Technologies offers a line of fluorescence optical filters for $395 a set. These hard-coated dielectric filter solutions provide optimal wavelength discrimination for the detection of commonly used fluorophores in fluorescence microscopy.

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