Iridian Articles

  1. LiDAR And Optical Filters – Helping Autonomous Vehicles See More Clearly
    10/31/2018

    “What’s a ‘steering wheel’?”  At the present time this would be a very strange question to hear asked from anyone who has driven, ridden in, or even seen a car but in a couple of decades this may not seem so unusual.  The evolution of increasingly affordable and capable sensing and imaging systems combined with the desire to create safer, more efficient transportation systems is driving the development of autonomous vehicles (pun intended).  LiDAR is a key technology that will eventually help carry this growth through to “Level 5” autonomy --> no steering wheels, no brake pedals, no human intervention in driving.

  2. The Right Filter Is Key To Lower-Cost And Faster Time-To-Market MWIR Equipment
    10/4/2018

    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.

  3. How To Specify A Filter
    4/2/2018

    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. 

  4. Optical Interconnects For Data Centers — Lighting The Cloud
    1/16/2018

    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. 

  5. Frequently Asked Questions: Optical Thin Film Filters
    12/11/2017

    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.

  6. The Eyes Of The Instruments: Using Optical Filters To Observe And Measure Earth From A Different Perspective
    9/6/2017

    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.

  7. Understanding Edge Filters For Raman Spectroscopy
    5/8/2017

    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.

  8. Large-Format, Narrow Band Pass Filters (NBPF) – A Uniformity Challenge
    1/27/2017

    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.

  9. Enhancing Endoscopy With Optical Filters
    10/30/2015

    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.

  10. Optical Filters: Right In Front Of Your Eyes
    6/29/2015

    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.