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Laser Optics

 

In-House Manufacturing of Laser Optics Components and Assemblies

 

State-of-the-Art Metrology Utilized to Consistently Meet Specifications

 

Standard Off-the-Shelf Components Ready to Ship Today

 

Fully Custom Design and Manufacturing for Volume Production

 

Metrology: If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Make It

 

Product Categories

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser
Mirrors

Laser Windows

Laser
Windows

Laser Lenses

Laser
Lenses

Laser Lenses

Laser
Crystals

Beam Expanders

Laser Beam Expanders

Beamsplitters

Reflective
Objects

Beamsplitters

Laser
Filters

Beamsplitters

Laser
Beamsplitters

Prisms

Laser
Prisms

Laser Polarizers

Laser
Polarizers

Capability Highlights

  Ion Beam Sputtered (IBS) Coatings

  • Low loss coatings including highly-reflective laser mirror coatings
  • Precise control over coating process for high reproducibility and precision
  • Deposited on superpolished substrates for parts-per-million-level scattering
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  Nebular™ Technology

  • Nano-structured anti-reflective surfaces
  • Subwavelength surface structures with >99.8% Transmission
  • High power alternative to traditional anti-reflective coatings
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  Superpolishing

  • Minimize scatter with ultra-low RMS surface roughness <1Å
  • Parts-per-million level scattering
  • Supported by state-of-the-art metrology
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  Complex E-Beam Coatings

  • High LIDT, multi-band anti-reflective or highly-reflective coatings
  • Mid-infrared (MIR) coatings from 2 - 5μm
  • Deposited in our Florida, U.S. Facility
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  Optical Design

  • Over 30 years of experience designing optical components and optomechanical assemblies for imaging and Gaussian beam manipulation using ray tracing and physical optics propagation
  • Analysis expertise Spans Zemax, Code V®, FRED™, Solidworks, Matlab®, and more
  • Designs optimized for integration and high production yields
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  Laser Crystals

  • Polishing and Coating of a Wide Variety of Crystals and Laser Glasses
  • Round, Rectangular, and Zigzag Form Factors Available
  • High Laser-Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) Coatings
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The Laser Lab Video Series

The Laser Optics Lab video series covers laser optics concepts including product types, specifications, coating technologies, and more. Each video delves into a specific element of laser optics, allowing you to broaden your knowledge and choose the best product for your application.

Ultrafast Laser Optics

Ultrafast Laser Optics are optimized for use with ultrashort pulses delivered from picosecond and femtosecond lasers. They are designed to minimize dispersion and optical losses. Our in-house laser lab is equipped with an ultrafast laser for real-world application testing.

 

Laser Applications

Laser Optics Manufacturing

Materials processing with lasers is quickly becoming a large part of the manufacturing process. When using lasers in manufacturing processes, higher precision can be achieved at faster processing speeds. Laser manufacturing ranges from laser welding to surface treatment and includes all types of materials. Each material and manufacturing process utilizes of a variety of laser optics including laser mirrors and laser beam expanders to have the optimal laser output for the process needs. Adding lasers into a manufacturing process supports high volume and demanding processes across many application spaces.

Welding

When joining components, lasers are fast, automated tools for deposit, spot and seam welding. Precision laser welding is a powerful process for modern industrial manufacturers to high-precision electronics. The small spot diameters yield low thermal distortion welds for a diverse range of materials at high-speeds.

Cutting

Complex cuts and contours have led to the rise of using lasers for cutting. For most metals, the small focus diameters of the laser provide a low distortion, fast cutting tool with small kerf widths due to the localized energy input from the beam. An advantage to using lasers for cutting is the low heat input, which is localized from the beam where the cut is being made.

Marking

Durable, high contrast marking can be performed with lasers for materials processing including semiconductors, organics, and metals. With laser marking, no unwanted substance or surface modifications are left behind. Laser marking can also include surface treatments, such as hardening by altering the mechanical properties of the material.

Engraving

Lasers for engraving can be used for high precision printing, embossing, or erosion through material ablation or scribing. Laser engraving is a flexible method for 2D and 3D realization using micron sized spots for durable marks of ranging geometry and materials.

Medical

Lasers are a powerful and versatile alternative to traditional invasive medical treatments. The advancements of medical lasers are increasing accessibility to safe, low-invasive devices and treatments ranging from cosmetics to dermatology to surgical. Medical laser systems use aspheric lenses and filters to enable new, emerging technologies in laser treatment.

Hair & Tattoo Removal

Using lasers for removing hair and tattoos are quickly becoming the most prevalent cosmetic procedures. Both are non-invasive and utilize the interaction between the laser light wavelengths and the hair or tattoo. Hair removal procedures prevent or reduce new growth, whereas tattoo removal uses different wavelengths and powers, one at a time, in order to ensure ink removal across the surface.

Dentistry

Dental lasers are a powerful tool for treatment of periodontal disease and managing tissue or muscles during procedures or other treatments. When compared to traditional dental treatments, lasers can also enhance the effectiveness of the procedure. For instance, during a laser cavity removal, the laser treatment offers a more precise removal than that of a standard drill.

Eye surgery

Lasers are the primary tool in several common eye procedures, including refractive correction such as LASIK. Laser treatments are used to treat diseases in the eye, correct refractive errors, or even repair tears in the retina. These technologies are safe for the human eye and enable improved treatment of many eye diseases. This application space is a crossover application space between advanced diagnostics and laser applications. More information is available regarding the eye in our Advanced Diagnostics section.

Plastic Surgery

Distinct wavelengths of laser light creates a localized energy spot for plastic surgeries in which the incident laser light interacts with the tissues of the body, including those of the skin. Laser plastic surgery can include reduction of wrinkles or removal of skin growths or birthmarks.

Laser Lenses

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser Beam Expanders

Laser Windows

Laser Beamsplitters

Laser Polarizers

Defense

Lasers are used in a wide variety of defense and security applications from rangefinding, to directed energy, to communications. Beam expanders, mirrors, filters, laser crystals, and other optical components are critical for manipulating the laser beams in these systems.

Rangefinding

Laser rangefinders determine the distance to an object through the time of flight principal, where the time it takes for a laser pulse to travel to an object and reflect back to the rangefinder is used to calculate the distance. Beam expanders are often used to increase the diameter of the beam in order to decrease the beam’s divergence in order to reduce final spot size a far distance away.

Directed Energy

A high-power, highly-focused laser beam can be used to damage hostile targets. Very high laser-induced damage thresholds are required on all optical components used in these systems. Directed energy devices are largely still in the experimentation and prototyping stage and have yet to be widely deployed.

Communications

Laser-based, free-space optical (FSO) communications systems use modulated lasers to transmit data. They offer several benefits for defense communications including high bandwidth and a low chance of interception. However, there must be an unobscured path between the sender and receiver, and atmospheric disturbances could tamper with communications.

Sensing

Due to their narrow wavelength distribution and high power stability, lasers are excellent tools for chemical detection, especially quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). Lasers can be found in closed and open loop controls for position sensing, dimensional measurement, and dynamic measurements such as those for high speed applications. Laser pulses provide a high-speed, precise method for sensing applications including LIDAR and time-of-flight sensing. Aspheric lenses and cylinder lenses are useful components for properly shaping the beams in a sensing system.

LIDAR

LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, is a powerful imaging and surveying tool for applications in many fields such as geology, forestry, and automation. By combining laser detection and the appropriate sensors, LIDAR utilizes a specific portion of the spectrum to target various materials and return information on the features of the material. LIDAR has been used extensively for meteorology and is being implemented more and more into autonomous vehicles.

Distance Sensing

Lasers are used in detecting distances by using a triangulated signal. Whether for long range applications or process monitoring, the resolutions from the laser is higher than that of other methods of distance sensing. Laser based sensing is useful for surface profiling, robotic process control, dimensional measurements, and other process control applications.

Chemical Detection

Due to their narrow wavelength distribution and high power stability, lasers are excellent tools for chemical detection. They can be used to detect slight changes to refractive indices or to detect trace substances, making them an excellent choice for standoff detection.

Laser Lenses

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser Aspheres

Laser Aspheres

Laser Beam Expanders

Laser Beam Expanders

Laser Windows

Laser Windows

Laser Polarizers

Laser Polarizers

Quantum Technology

Quantum computers follow different rule sets than conventional computers. Rather than making computations through series of ones and zeros, quantum computers utilize quantum bits called qubits, which are based on quantum phenomena such as superposition and entanglement. These devices promise to operate far faster than conventional computers and tackle problems that are currently nearly impossible to solve. Quantum technology is also utilized to secure data through quantum cryptography.

Atom Trapping

Specialized stable, high-power lasers can freeze ultra-cold atoms and keep them suspended in mid-air, creating qubits. This occurs if the extremely narrow laser wavelength corresponds with the frequencies in which the atom can move. High-precision coatings with high reflectivities and phase control are essential for optics used to fabricate quantum computers.

Boson Sampling

Boson sampling is a type of simplified quantum computing involving the scattering identical bosons, or particles whose behavior is governed by Bose–Einstein statistics, with a linear interferometer. These systems are constructed from a series of laser sources, mirrors, prisms, and detectors.

Quantum Cryptography

The introduction of quantum computing poses a threat to conventional cryptography systems that protect sensitive data. Lasers are utilized in quantum optical experiments developing methods to prevent unauthorized access to sensitive information through a variety of quantum phenomena.

 

Why Partner with us?

 

EO Designed and Manufactured

EO designed and manufactured TECHSPEC® components including laser mirrors, assemblies, aspheric lenses, and various other laser optics components.

 

Metrology

Wide range of in-house metrology to measure and guarantee advertised product specifications.

 

Engineering Expertise

Extensive engineering expertise with over 150 engineers with application, design, and manufacturing knowledge.

 

Advanced Coating Capabilities

Coating capabilities ranging from evaporative electron beam evaporative deposition to ion beam sputtering, as well as nano-structured surface treatments.

 

High Quality

High quality material grades and coatings for all laser optics, with multiple levels of performance available for any laser need.

 

Reliable

Consistently meet specifications for low and high volume manufacturing, ensuring the final product matches pre-specified criteria.

Laser Optics Clean Room
White light interferometry for measuring group delay dispersion (GDD)

Technical Resources

Below is a sample of some of our featured resources related to Laser Optics. For hundreds more, please visit our Knowledge Center

Application Notes

Technical information and application examples including theoretical explanations, equations, graphical illustrations, and much more.

Key Parameters of a Laser System
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Gaussian Beam Propagation
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Common Laser Types
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Laser Beam Shaping Overview
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Beam Expander
Selection Guide
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Building a Custom Optical Isolator with Stock Components,
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Characteristics of
2µm Lasers
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Coherent® Laser
Selection Guide
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Fluorescence Imaging with Laser Illumination
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Quantum Cascade Lasers and Applications
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UV Optics: Tighter Tolerances and Different Materials
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Laser Damage Threshold Testing: Testing and Defining
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Technical Articles

Links to technical articles appearing in industry publications authored by Edmund Optics or featuring contributions from EO's engineering team and key management.

"Ultrafast multipass cells for pulse compression" by Tony Karam - Laser Focus World
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"White-light interferometry resolves sub-Angstrom surface roughness" by Shawn Iles and Jayson Nelson - Laser Focus World
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"Nano-Structured Anti-Reflective Surfaces for Materials Processing" by Becca Silver and Cory Boone - Novus Light Technologies
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"Laser Beam Quality: Beam propagation and quality factors: A primer" by Randall Hinton - Laser Focus World
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No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Selecting Optical Coatings
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An In-Depth Look at Spherical Aberration Compensation Plates
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Optical Design: How to select the right laser beam expander
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The art and science of designing optics for laser-induced damage threshold
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Calculators

Technical calculators based on commonly used and referenced equations in the Optics, Imaging and Photonics industries.

Coating Impact on Flatness Calculator
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Laser Induced Damage Threshold Scaling Calculator
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Laser Induced Damage Threshold Scaling
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Laser Spot Size
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Gaussian beam
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Videos

Informative corporate or instructional videos ranging from simple tips to application-based demonstrations of product advantages.

Edmund Optics - UltraFast Innovations - Partnership 2021
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Highly-Dispersive Ultrafast Mirrors for Dispersion Compensation
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Metrology at Edmund Optics: Measuring as a Key Component of Manufacturing
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Glass Cutting with Cailabs Canunda Reflective Axicons
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Beam Expander Product Overviews
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High Reflectivity Mirrors For Laser Applications
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How To Align a Monolithic Beam Expander
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How to Align a Laser System
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How to Build an Optical Isolator with Stock Components
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Beam Combining for Increased Power
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OBIS Galaxy Laser System
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Stefaan V
 

Technical Experts at Your Service

Stefaan Vandendriessche is the Director, Laser Optics Business Line at Edmund Optics®. Stefaan works to develop the laser optics product offering and specify the right laser optical technologies at Edmund Optics to ensure that the products available meet the needs of our customers and advancing applications within the industry. Stop by our various tradeshows to meet Stefaan or contact us today.

  The optics EO makes enable the future and I love developing technology and product that inevitably helps customers achieve their goals. By being part of the initial development, EO has its hand in creating laser systems that process materials for tomorrow’s applications and those that advance medical applications that are making way for the next generation of medical care.   

--Stefaan Vandendriessche, Director, Laser Optics Business Line

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