Windows & Prisms


Design of Uniform Window Heating Structures for Electro-Optical Systems
This white paper is on the use of electrical heating techniques on a window’s surface and the temperature uniformity that the window experiences as a result.  Continue Reading..
An Introduction To Digital Microscopy Imaging
As fun as taking pictures may be, it is the professional analysis of samples that really counts. This article discusses key concepts of digital microscopy imaging systems and how these concepts contribute to a professional presentation of your work. By SPOT Imaging Solutions, a division of Diagnostic Instruments, Inc.  Continue Reading..
Understanding Optical Coatings For Military Applications
Virtually all optical components used in military applications, such as target designation, rangefinding and IR countermeasures, employ thin film coatings to somehow modify their transmission and reflection characteristics. Yet, despite their ubiquity, many military system designers are not familiar with the commonly encountered tradeoffs in thin film design, or with the characteristics of various coating deposition technologies. As a result,...  Continue Reading..
Pulse Compression For Ultrafast Nonlinear Microscopy
It has been established that optical techniques based on nonlinear processes, such as two‐photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG), are advantageous for microscopic imaging at depth [1‐4]. When compared with confocal or wide‐field microscopy techniques, they provide greater penetration depths and superior image contrast. The nonlinear optical response to a focused laser field is intrinsically confined to the...  Continue Reading..
White Paper: Optical Design Tools For Backlight Displays
This paper describes features in ORA’s LightTools® illumination design and analysis software that enable the development of stateof- the-art backlight designs. By Optical Research Associates  Continue Reading..
White Paper: Modeling Information Display Devices With LightTools
Optical Research Associates (ORA®) is the industry’s leading supplier of imaging and illumination design/analysis software: CODE V® and LightTools®. By Optical Research Associates  Continue Reading..
White Paper: Non-Invasive Biomedical Imaging With FD-OCT
White Paper: Non-Invasive Biomedical Imaging With FD-OCT
Current medical practice poses a constant demand for development of non-contact, minimally invasive imaging techniques that can be used in clinics and hospitals for early diagnostics of various diseases and as an alternative to standard excisional biopsy. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a relatively novel imaging method that allows for non-invasive, cross-sectional imaging of the biological tissue structure with cellular level resolution...  Continue Reading..


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.

Abrisa Technologies provides multiple technologies/processes to support your glass/optics shapes, surfaces, edging, and hole drilling requirements. Depending on glass types, thicknesses, hole diameter, and edge quality; Abrisa Technologies can choose between CNC machining, opposed edge drilling, or abrasive material removal or sandblasting to meet your specific glass fabrication requirements.

Precision Optics Corporation can custom manufacture prisms with tolerances to .01mm, <10/5 scratch/dig, λ/20 flatness, <5 arc second parallelism, +/- 0.1mm; 0.2mm to 150 mm diameter, and +/- 0.02mm (and as thin as 0.2mm) thickness.

Ross Optical offers a variety of prism types, including right angle, equilateral, dove, amici, wedge, penta, and retroreflectors, as well as plate and cube beamsplitters. This page provides an overview of these offerings.

Prisms and wedges by IRD Glass are finished to exacting finishes and can be coated with anti-reflective, mirror, band-pass, and other thin film coatings.

OPCO’s manufacturing process includes CNC fabrication, precise metrology, and testing processes to develop high quality, precision prisms with tolerances to 10 microns, surface quality to 10-5, and surface accuracy to Lambda/20.

OPCO’s precision windows are available in 400mm diameter (standard) and 2mm (micro optics) diameter configurations. They offer tolerances to 10 microns, centration within seconds, and surface accuracy to Lambda/20.

Littrow dispersion prisms are used to limit lasing to a specific wavelength in many optics applications. This is ideal for laser cavities, spectrographs, and other optical systems in which it is critical that a specified wavelength not be exceeded when a sample (tissue or otherwise) is subjected to a laser’s light.



  • On the last day of the MD&amp;M East exhibition, Chuck Gerlowski with Precision Optics Corporation discussed their micro lenses, micro prisms, and more. These components can be used to design CMOS sensors for imaging systems and illumination systems in medical devices.

  • Lynn Allen with ITT Exelis and Lawrence Shaffer with ArmoreLine discuss the partnership between their two respective companies, and their roles in creating high strength windows for armored vehicles, aircraft, remote systems, and high energy systems.

  • Daniel Bukaty, president of Precision Glass & Optics, gives an overview of the company’s three divisions: the commercial division that specializes in high-volume/low-cost optics, the coating division that can perform coatings on all types of optics from 250 to 2,500 nanometers, and the precision optics group that can manufacture all types of flats, prisms, windows, and mirrors.