Optical Components

OPTICAL COMPONENTS WHITE PAPERS & APPLICATION NOTES

  • Thin Film Glossary

    This article defines a number of glossary terms related to thin film optical filters and their use.

  • 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 delivered by the laser scanner and the easy handling of the system. But how to adjust the optics of a system using a low power laser in the mid-infrared spectrum? Working together with Ophir's measurement experts, the company was able to combine different measurement methods to this end.

  • 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.

  • 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 repeatable way.

  • Tech Note: Advanced IR Zoom Lenses For Next Generation Thermal Imaging Applications

    This paper reviews advances in the development of infrared zoom lenses that meet challenging SWaP requirements while enabling high-resolution vision and identification in harsh environmental conditions and constrained platforms such as airborne and portable systems. 

OPTICAL COMPONENTS PRODUCTS

LASER COMPONENTS delivers Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) as adaptive optical elements that modulate light spatially in amplitude or phase. The available devices are based on either reflective (LCOS) or translucent (LCD) liquid crystal microdisplays.

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.

Spatial Light Modulators (SLM) are used as adaptive optical elements that modulates light spatially in amplitude or phase. Laser Components offers these devices based on either reflective (LCOS) or translucent (LCD) liquid crystal microdisplays.

FLIR offers mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) focal plane arrays (FPAs) to be mounted on 84-pin leadless chip carriers, customer supplied substrates, or integrated detector dewar/cooler assemblies. From handheld cameras, which use a single channel, video rate output to high-speed scientific testing where multiple outputs and dynamic windowing are needed, these focal plane arrays surpass the requirements.

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.

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.

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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.