Optical Components

OPTICAL COMPONENTS WHITE PAPERS & APPLICATION NOTES

  • Wavelength Selective Switching In Optical Communications
    Wavelength Selective Switching In Optical Communications

    Micro-lens arrays are monolithic components manufactured from synthetic fused silica and a laser writing process, which are created for high accuracy array collimation and coupling. PowerPhotonic designs and develops these micro-lens arrays for applications involving coupling between laser sources, fiber and waveguide arrays, optical multiplexing, and optical switching. This application note discusses micro-lens arrays, as well as the technologies they are used in such as wavelength selective switching, WSS technology, and MEMS and LCoS switches.

  • BOROFLOAT® & Optical Mirrors: A Union of Inspiration & Quality
    BOROFLOAT® & Optical Mirrors: A Union of Inspiration & Quality

    BOROFLOAT®, the world’s first borosilicate glass by SCHOTT, is designed to meet demanding performance requirements for optical mirrors, and is now being used for advanced optics all over the globe. This white paper introduces BOROFLOAT®, explains how it is used in the Hobby Eberly Telescope (HET), and describes its exceptional optical and thermal properties.

  • 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 to aspheric mirrors. This application note compares surface accuracy measurements with wavefront error measurements, and provides an application example on using them in off-axis parabolas.

  • How To Select A Spherical Lens

    Optical systems use lenses to focus, collimate, expand, collect, and image light. Ranging from convex to concave, and bestform to aspheric, any lens selection must be made with the utmost consideration for its purpose as well as its required quality. This white paper delivers a review of singlet spherical lens shapes, and guidance on deciding the best lens characteristics for each application.

  • Environmentally Friendly Fibers
    Environmentally Friendly Fibers

    A new demand that has been placed on glass optical fibers is the need for environmental compatibility. The SCHOTT technology group provides a solution for this demand with their new PURAVIS® glass optical fibers that offer several improved performance parameters compared to other types of glass. The process for manufacturing these products does not use lead, arsenic, or antimony, and already complies with future environmental requirements.

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OPTICAL COMPONENTS PRODUCTS

MicroOLED Microdisplay Series MicroOLED Microdisplay Series

Sensors Unlimited presents the series of superior image quality MicroOLED microdisplays for near-to-eye applications that require high image quality, high definition, high brightness, wide field of view, and optimized power consumption. The MDP01, MDP02, and MDP03 microdisplays are designed on MicroOLED proprietary low voltage technology, and can easily outperform the competition in picture quality, low power consumption, and compactness.

High Rigidity MHL Mirror Holders High Rigidity MHL Mirror Holders

OptoSigma’s MHL high rigidity mirror holder is kinematic with a featured blade spring. The holder’s high rigidity makes the device capable of suppressing the positional shift from shocks or vibrations.

ZYGO’s Super Finishing Capabilities ZYGO’s Super Finishing Capabilities

ZYGO offers Super Finishing capabilities that produce extremely smooth surfaces over a wide power spectral density band. They also offer a Super Polishing process capable of producing a surface roughness of less than 0.1 nm over spatial periods ranging from 10 nm to 1 mm.

Acousto-Optic Capabilities Acousto-Optic Capabilities

Gooch & Housego (G&H) offers a comprehensive product line of acousto-optic devices and drivers, all of which are internally designed and manufactured. This broad range of acousto-optic products and services includes crystal growth of lithium niobate (LiNbO3) transducer and tellurium dioxide (TeO2), crystal orientation, cutting and shaping, polishing, anti-reflective (AR) coating, transducer bonding, and packaging. With a tight control on the design and production processes, G&H is able to meet standard and custom OEM designs for a wide variety of applications.

Fiber Optic Capabilities Fiber Optic Capabilities

Gooch & Housego offers a range of active and passive fiber optic components and optical modules for use in all-fiber systems. Since 1985, the passive fiber optic group has been an expert in providing fused fiber coupler manufacturing techniques, integration of fiber optic assemblies, and custom packaging of semiconductor devices. The active fiber group has developed pump lasers, DFB & DBR lasers, DFB laser modules, laser controllers, high speed detectors, and high reliability booster erbium-doped fiber amplifiers since the year 2000.

Near-Eye Display Solutions Near-Eye Display Solutions

Optics Blazers manufactures Near-Eye Display combiners and other components for optimized display performance and see-through properties. With an integrated manufacturing chain, this company can deliver single reflective surface, multiple reflective surface, free-form, or diffractive combiners. Optics Blazers’ solutions are developed with cost and scalability in mind to serve the competitive consumer electronics market.

Medical Illumination Medical Illumination

SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging delivers fiber optic and LED technologies to help redefine the boundaries of medical innovation, and provide deeper insights in helping medical experts see more of what is relevant to their diagnoses and therapies.

PURAVIS® Eco-Friendly Glass Optical Fibers PURAVIS® Eco-Friendly Glass Optical Fibers

The PURAVIS® eco-friendly glass optical fibers from SCHOTT are designed for outstanding transmission of white light, even for long length applications. This “green” product is manufactured in an entirely environmentally friendly manner, including the entire proprietary manufacturing process, making the fibers automatically compliant with the EU directives RoHS and REACH.

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OPTICAL COMPONENTS NEWS

  • Qioptiq mag.x system 125 Now Optimized For 35 mm Camera Format Sensors

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies® Company, recently introduces the new 1.73x Tube Lens as a widely desired addition to the mag.x system 125. Representing a new class of optical systems that enable microscope-like resolution with wide fields-of-view to support modern high-resolution sensors, the 1.73x Tube Lens makes the mag.x system 125 a perfect match for sensors with the 35 mm camera format.

  • Invenios Acquires Varioptic, Liquid Lens Technology

    Invenios LLC, an advanced technology micro-fabrication foundry specializing in glass structuring, micro glass packaging and glass bonding is a world leader in providing consumables and devices for gene sequencing, bio-medical, sensor, electronic and optical applications announced recently that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varioptic, previously a Business Unit of Parrot Drones SAS for an undisclosed amount.

  • Qioptiq Introduces Fetura+ High-Speed Zoom Lens System

    Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies® Company, recently introduced the Fetura+™ Advanced Zoom Lens enabling high speed and reliable optical performance for the machine vision and inspection markets. Fetura+ features a unique linear rail design coupled with precision optics to enable it to travel through the 12.5:1 zoom range in less than one second. Due to this unique design, Fetura+ offers a service life in excess of one million cycles and delivers exacting repeatability in any orientation.

  • Wide Angle, VIS To SWIR Sensor And Scanner Window Solutions

    ZC&R Coatings for Optics (ZC&R), a division of Abrisa Technologies, now offers high throughput efficiency Wide Angle, Broad Spectrum Sensor and Laser Scanning Window solutions for the visible 425-675nm (VIS), visible to near infra-red 425-1050nm (VIS-NIR), short wave infrared 700-1800nm (SWIR) and popular laser and LED wavelengths from 405 to 1550nm. Designed for image sensors and scanners these optics are used in industrial 3D metrology, machine vision, automotive obstacle avoidance, security and surveillance, document scanners, 3D scanning, gesture recognition and other digital imaging applications.

  • 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.

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OPTICAL COMPONENTS / OPTICS ABOUT DOCUMENT

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.