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.
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.
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.
Researchers at Brown University have demonstrated a new method of modulating the coherence of light by using surface plasmon polaritons in metal films. This technique represents an alternative way to engineer flat optical elements that could be applied in optical communication, beam shaping, and microscopic imaging.
Researchers at TU Wien (Vienna) have developed a type of cloaking technology that renders opaque materials invisible by letting the flow of light pass through the medium unperturbed.
Researchers at Brown University and Osaka University have developed a technique to polarize light for terahertz waves using a new type of beamsplitter made from stacks of spaced metal plates.
A new type of 3D display being developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign could pave the way for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets that do not cause headaches, nausea and eye fatigue symptoms commonly reported by users.
Iridian Spectral Technologies offers advanced thin film optical filter technology for telecom, spectroscopic instrumentation and lasers, as well as biophotonics, micro-optics, and aerospace applications.
Optical filters play a key part in providing wavelength selections in earth-observation systems, but they provide a unique challenge in space-based applications. At Photonics West 2017, Jason Palidwar with Iridian Spectral talked to us about some of those challenges, and how his organization has addressed them.
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.
Jason Palidwar of Iridian Spectral kicked off our DSS exhibition coverage by giving us a closer look at what they’re showcasing this year.
Iridian Spectral has been busy expanding its product offerings, and Hongbai Lao was kind enough to show us what the company was featuring at the show.