Optical Coatings and Materials

WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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Laser Forensics: The Invisible, Revealed And Measured
According to the developers at Scanovis, brushes, powder and chemicals will soon be tools of the past for securing evidence at crime scenes. The company has developed a laser-based solution that, among other things, uses IR laser radiation to detect fingerprints at the scene of a crime, quickly making them visible in a 3D scan and recording them digitally. Decisive factors for this technological breakthrough are the precision of the results...  Continue Reading..
Technical Note: Guide To Glass
Guide to Glass provides information about the types of glass and their associated thermal, optical, chemical, mechanical, and electrical properties; Understanding light & color; glare reduction; and glass Strengthening methods using heat and chemicals.  Continue Reading..
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Utilizing Flow Cytometry Filters
Used across a variety of biological disciplines, fluorescence-based flow cytometers rapidly and accurately quantify cells and cellular components. As one of the most important components of these systems, flow cytometry filters must be specifically designed to maximize signal-to-noise ratios while minimizing crosstalk between fluorophores.  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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When Failure Is Not An Option
The manufacture of Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) optics requires a rigorous analysis of the capabilities and methods of an optical component design/manufacturing partner. Not all design/manufacturing partners are the same, and it is important that integrators elect to work in a collaborative way with companies that have the expertise, pedigree and capabilities to scale up production of components in an accurate and...  Continue Reading..
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Innovation In AR Lens Coatings: High Quality Coatings For High-Power Lasers
Lens coatings are an essential part of high-power CO2 laser systems. Coatings must protect the lens and allow for the highest levels of optical performance, with low levels of absorption and a long life expectancy. Transparency is another coveted characteristic for use with visible HeNe red laser pointers. The cost/benefit ratio of a coating must also be considered, as well as the environmental impact of the substrates used. For optical...  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..

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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.

Abrisa Technologies offers the SCHOTT AS 87 eco ultra-thin aluminosilicate glass for use as a cover or enhancement glass on low profile displays, touch sensors, and other display applications where thickness and weight are a concern. The glass features extremely high levels of bending and impact strength, and superior scratch resistance qualities.

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.

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.

Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O) introduces finished infrared optics for a range of applications, including biomedical, industrial, military/defense, homeland security, surveillance systems, automotive, fire control, lasers, night vision, and more. 

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. 

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.

NEWS

OPTICAL COATINGS AND MATERIALS VIDEOS

  • Clear The Air: Challenges In MWIR Optical Sensing

    Jason Palidwar with Iridian Spectral Technologies spent some time with us on the last day of SPIE’s 2016 DCS exhibition to talk about the challenges encountered in the mid-wave spectrum and how his company has worked around them.

  • How To Specify Optical Coatings For Sensor Applications

    This year at SPIE’s DCS exhibition, Donna with DSI gave us a quick on-location hello from the show floor before turning it over to principle investigator Kevin Gibbons so that he could offer some advice on what you should consider before determining an optical coating’s specifications for sensing applications.

  • Precision Optics Corporation Introduction By Richard Cyr

    Precision Optics Corporation (POC) focuses on manufacturing micro lenses, lens systems, and prisms with sizes down to 180 microns. This video, featuring Richard Cyr at Photonics West 2016, is an introduction on the POC laboratory and their optics capabilities.

  • Over 100 Years In Optics Experience

    At 2016’s Photonics West exhibition, Dan Bukaty talked to us about Precision Glass & Optics’ (PG&O) view on partnering with their customers.

  • Bring On Your Most Challenging Micro-Optical Needs

    Precision Optics Corporations’ Richard Cyr met with us at the Photonics West 2015 exhibition to talk to us about the micro-precision optical components his company provides. This ranges from micro-prisms, micro-precision lenses and lens systems, and more. Watch the video for specifics on just how small some of these parts can get.

  • LaCroix Optical Corporate Video

    LaCroix Optical has been manufacturing custom optics for the medical, defense, and industrial markets since 1947. Watch the video to hear from some of their employees talk about the company’s history, capabilities, and what makes them stand out from other optical manufacturers.

  • Vertically Integrated Supplier Of Optical Assemblies And Sub-Assemblies

    Andrew Riser of II-VI Optical Systems catches us up on the company's recent merger with Exotic Electro-Optics, the delivery of a $12 million dollar telescope for space applications, the expansion of a fixed-focus product line and fabrication capabilities, and more.