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The Future of Microscope Objectives

Top 4 Trends of 2018

December 2018 | See all Trending in Optics Topics
Top Four Trending Topics

Advances in Microscopy, Imaging, and Extreme Ultraviolet Optics


Open-source DIY microscopy brings cost-effective microscopy to a broad audience


Miniaturized microscope objectives lead to small, potable microscopy systems


Integrated liquid lenses allow for quick autofocusing in imaging systems


Compact, extreme ultraviolet light sources facilitate exciting new applications

The optics and imaging industries are constantly evolving because of new developments driven by markets such as advanced medical diagnostics, machine vision, and semiconductor processing. Edmund Optics® highlights key optics and imaging trends in this monthly Trending in Optics series to keep the community informed of the innovative technologies that are making the largest impact. Four particular top trends highlighted in 2018 were open-source DIY microscopy, miniaturized microscope objectives, liquid lenses in imaging, and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optics.


FAQ   Does Edmund Optics® (EO) sell Miniscopes?
EO sells several components that go into the Miniscope including our 5mm Diameter x 15mm Focal Length MgF2 Coated Achromatic Doublet Lens (#45-207), our 3.0mm Diameter N-BK7 Half-Ball Lens (#47-269), and our 1.8mm Diameter, 670nm DWL, Uncoated GRIN Lens (#64-519). However, we do not sell complete Miniscopes. To learn more about the Miniscope and to purchase the complete set of components, visit this webpage.
FAQ  How small are the miniaturized TECHSPEC® Ultra Compact Objective Assemblies?

The 8mm focal length versions of the TECHSPEC® Ultra Compact Objective Assemblies are the smallest that we offer. This version has a length of 10.8mm. There is also a 10mm focal length version that has a length of 21.2mm.

FAQ   Can a liquid lens be integrated into another type of lens, such as a fixed focal length lens?

Yes, we can integrate liquid lenses into other types of lenses as a custom option. We also offer our modular Cx Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses in which you can integrate interchangeable accessories including liquid lenses, fixed apertures, and internal filter holders.

FAQ   Why are the Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Flat Mirrors designed for 13.5nm?

The Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) Flat Mirrors are designed for use at 13.5nm because it is one of the most commonly used EUV wavelengths. Tin-plasma sources used for lithography emit at 13.5nm and other EUV applications are adopting this wavelength as the standard.

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