Mirrors

MIRRORS WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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The Power From The Mirror
High-power lasers can only be as strong as their optical components allow. Thus, the further development of laser technology depends crucially on the development of complex coating systems with a high damage threshold.  Continue Reading..
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Utilizing Fluorescence Filters For Microscopy And Imaging
Fluorescence microscopes and imaging systems utilize fluorescent biomarkers and fluorescence filter sets to create bright, high contrast images of biomolecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Because image quality is highly dependent on the design and overall performance of the fluorescence filters integrated into these systems, optical filter performance is just as important to the final image as sample preparation and...  Continue Reading..
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White Paper: The Challenge Of Manufacturing Large Mirrors
Large mirrors are a critical aspect of numerous optical systems and are used in a wide variety of important applications. For the production of high performance large mirrors, optical manufacturers are tasked with the challenge of meeting a strict set of requirements.  Continue Reading..
Semi-Transparent Mirrors For Visually Dynamic Hospitality Displays
Semi-Transparent Mirrors For Visually Dynamic Hospitality Displays
Hotel, restaurant, and retail owners are increasingly using aesthetically pleasing high-performance semi-transparent mirrors to create a visually dynamic display/mirror combination. These mirrors are constructed with a display unit hidden behind the glass that is not visible until powered on.   Continue Reading..
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...  Continue Reading..
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...  Continue Reading..
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First Surface Mirrors
Conventional mirrors are constructed with a glass protective surface and a “silvering” second surface. In high-precision applications, these second surface mirrors have distinct disadvantages such as refracted or bent images, loss of energy, and a dim and distorted reflection.  Continue Reading..

MIRRORS PRODUCTS

The MicroMirror TIRF microscope is a unique single molecule microscope. Spatial separation of the excitation and emission beams and the use of broadband micromirrors leads to superior signal-to-noise ratios for multi-wavelength TIRF microscopy. The open access to the excitation and emission optical pathways makes this the ideal platform to implement a range of biophysical techniques simultaneously. 

The BEAMAGE-M2 is an automated M-squared measurement system comprising the BEAMAGE-4M, 5 lenses, 3 ND filters, and 2 external beam-steering mirrors. It is the only M2 system on the market equipped with a complete set of 50 mm optics and a sensor aperture of 11.3 x 11.3 mm.

At Alluxa, we are continually striving to improve our products by researching and developing novel thin-film technologies. Therefore, we welcome any custom optical filter requests for non-standard spectral shapes, unusual coating materials, tunable filters, extreme blocking, or any other challenging technical specifications.

Alluxa's ULTRA Series of high-reflectivity dielectric mirrors provide close to 100% reflection over a broad or precise range of wavelengths. Each hard coated, thin-film dielectric mirror is resistant to laser damage and all will boost instrument performance by preserving light source intensity.

The Ophir Optics Group offers a full range of high-quality OEM and replacement optics solutions for high power CO2 laser and 1μm laser applications. These products are designed to meet the highest industry standards and have been widely tested with outstanding results.

SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging offers high tech materials and components for enabling the defense and security industry to develop night vision, display, sensor, and other technologies that are smaller, lighter, and more effective.

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. 

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.

MIRRORS NEWS

  • No-Distortion, Hi-Definition Teleprompter Mirrors Supplied By Abrisa Technologies

    Abrisa Technologies, a US based specialty custom glass fabrication and optical coating company supplies no-distortion, high-definition cut-to-order image grade mirrors for teleprompter applications.

  • What Is A Front Surface Mirror?

    This article identifies the differences a front surface mirror has from other types of mirrors and the benefits of its use.

  • Optical Micromirrors Reveal The Secrets Of Cell Membranes

    Progress in understanding the lipid bilayer – a two-molecule thick oily barrier that protects all living cells – has been dramatic over the past 100 years. But puzzles remain to be solved, such as how these membrane proteins navigate the oily lipid bilayer to go about their work. 

  • Introducing The ‘Smart Mirror’

    Lasers play roles in many manufacturing processes, from welding car parts to crafting engine components with 3D printers.* To control these tasks, manufacturers must ensure that their lasers fire at the correct power. 

  • TU Wien Develops New Semiconductor Processing Technology

    Extremely fine porous structures with tiny holes - resembling a kind of sponge at nano level - can be generated in semiconductors.

  • Clamping Down on Causality By Probing Laser Cavities

    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.

  • 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.

MIRRORS VIDEOS

  • BOROFLOAT® & Optical Mirrors Video

    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.

  • Refractive Eye Surgery Using Fast Piezo Steering Mirrors

    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.

  • New Guaranteed High Reflectivity Dielectric Super Mirrors And More

    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. 

  • MEMS Mirrors, CMOS Cameras, Flow Cells, And More

    Shruti Sharma, inside sales manager with Hamamatsu, walks us through several of their product offerings displayed at Photonics West 2013.

  • Live From SPIE DSS 2012: Unique Disruptive Approach To Manufacturing Thin, High-Precision Free-Form Mirrors Explained

    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.