The future depends on optics through technological and application advancements. Edmund Optics® continues to embrace the future by providing information on trending products and technologies. Through highlighting these advancements in this monthly series, our goal is to keep the community informed and provide a cohesive learning environment, while encouraging the integration of these products into innovative applications.
Trending in Optics January 2021
Stemmed mirrors are mounted from a smaller diameter “stem” protruding from the back of the mirror, resulting in significantly reduced stress on the mirror surface, high stability, and cost reduction.
Trending in Optics October 2020
The continuous and unyielding progress towards higher throughput and lower loss in laser systems requires optical components that minimize scatter, especially when using high-power lasers or short wavelengths.
Trending in Optics August 2020
An increased demand for online video streaming has led to the development of shallow depth of field cinema lenses, which are only made possible by aspheres.
Trending in Optics June 2020
Single-material aspheric achromats correct for chromatic aberrations over a wider wavelength range than traditional doublets using a unique geometry.
Trending in Optics May 2020
Selecting proper optics is critical for taking full advantage of the next generation of high-resolution sensors.
Trending in Optics April 2020
Optical advancements have enabled the detection and treatment of a variety of blood conditions.
Trending in Optics March 2020
Telecentric illumination is ideal for precision measurement applications.
Trending in Optics February 2020
Beam shaping for high power and short pulse durations.
Trending in Optics December 2019
Transparent materials with integrated micro-optics
Trending in Optics October 2019
Square and truncated optics reduce the total volume of conventional optical designs
Trending in Optics August 2019
Stability ruggedization ensures a lens’ optical pointing and positioning after applied shock or vibration.
Trending in Optics July 2019
Reflective microscope objectives focus light or form an image using reflective optics.
Trending in Optics June 2019
Transparent materials with integrated micro-optics
Trending in Optics May 2019
Shrinking pixel sizes do not always lead to higher system-level resolution
Trending in Optics April 2019
Pulse compression and dispersion compensation for ultrafast lasers
Trending in Optics March 2019
Seeing around corners is no longer science fiction thanks to ultrafast lasers and sensitive cameras
Trending in Optics February 2019
The industry standard method for quantifying reflectivity does not tell the whole story
Trending in Optics January 2019
Additive manufacturing is revolutionizing rapid prototyping, IP protection, and the job market in the optics industry
Trending in Optics December 2018
Advances in microscopy, imaging, and extreme ultraviolet optics
Trending in Optics November 2018
The unique absorption properties of 2µm lasers allow them to create small and precise cuts for medical and materials processing applications
Trending in Optics October 2018
Time to replace spherical elements with aspheric lenses
Trending in Optics September 2018
The future of high-speed technology: integrated photonics use light instead of electricity for computing and signal processing
Trending in Optics August 2018
Image quality of a telecentric with the flexibility of a liquid lens
Trending in Optics July 2018
Pushing optics to the extreme. Tabletop sources make applications 10-100nm more accessible
Trending in Optics June 2018
Quickly autofocus and overcome depth of field limitations
Trending in Optics May 2018
Beam conditioning optics for UV, IR, and Broadband Lasers
Trending in Optics April 2018
Advances in microscopy tackle the challenges of the future
Trending in Optics March 2018
Quickly respond to collapsing product lifecycles and decreased development time
Trending in Optics February 2018
Bringing professional-grade technology to all by leveraging common mobile devices
Trending in Optics January 2018
Accessible, flexible technology supported by a community of users
Trending in Optics December 2017
Facilitates manufacture of optical components with complex geometries
Trending in Optics November 2017
Emerging applications require advanced ruggedization to reduce pixel shift
Trending in Optics October 2017
A promising solution to the drawbacks associated with traditional asphere metrology
Trending in Optics September 2017
As light sources, digital sensors, and coating chamber technologies continue to improve, optical filters will naturally evolve and advance
Trending in Optics August 2017
Optical supermirrors have extremely high reflectivity and ultralow optical losses from scatter and absorption
Trending in Optics July 2017
As optical applications continue to increase in complexity, their performance requirements are becoming more demanding
Trending in Optics June 2017
Telecentric lenses with large fields of view (FOV) reduce measurement and inspection time in demanding metrology applications
Trending in Optics February 2017
Ultra-Thin Longpass Filters are designed and constructed out of ultra-thin, flexible polymers and dyes