The Future Depends on Laser Optics

Edmund Optics (EO) is investing heavily into laser optics in response to the global surge in laser optics applications. The global laser market has exhibited a solid global annual growth of 6,3 percent over the last decade, significantly higher than global gross domestic product (GDP) and even the photonics market as a whole [Source: Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar, 2017].

EO will offer a wide range of new designed and manufactured laser optics components including new aspheric lenses, spherical lenses, mirrors, beam expanders, beamsplitters, prisms, filters, and polarizers. (Source: EO)

To respond to this growth in the laser market, EO has created a laser optics development team, invested into metrology, and introduced a vast array of new products ranging from beam expanders to high laser damage threshold mirrors.“It was obvious that the demand was there and EO realized that a significant investment in equipment, technical personnel, and technology expertise was necessary to meet the growing markets,” stated Stefaan Vandendriessche, EO’s laser optics product line manager. “With EO’s 75 year history and success in other areas of optics and photonics, expanding into laser optics was a natural evolution for us.”

Stefaan leads a new team of engineers dedicated to laser optics development. He also hosts a Laser Optics Lab video series covering laser optics concepts including specifications, coating technologies, product types, and more.

EO’s in-house coating capabilities include high laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) coatings, high reflectivity coatings, and high transmission coatings. The R&D department has been conducting extensive research into how laser beam diameter and other factors affect LIDT. Nathan Carlie, EO’s R&D manager, is part of a committee revising the ISO standard for specifying LIDT.

Edmund Optics has invested in a wide range of metrology equipment necessary to manufacture high quality laser optics including interferometers, cavity ring-down (CRD) spectrometers, Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors, profilometers, and coordinate measurement machines (CMMs). This emphasis on metrology is essential for verifying the tight tolerances required for precision laser optics applications.

As a result of the above new investments, EO is proud to offer a wide range of new designed and manufactured laser optics components including new aspheric lenses, spherical lenses, mirrors, beam expanders, beamsplitters, prisms, filters, and polarizers in addition to EO’s selection of other optics and imaging products. EO’s strict manufacturing process control and emphasis on metrology ensure that all products meet their advertised LIDT, surface accuracy, spectral characteristics, and other specifications.

Lasers will continue to be an integral part of both emerging and existing applications including laser manufacturing, medical lasers, and sensing. To supply the high-quality optics needed to meet this ever-expanding market, Edmund Optics will continue their substantial investment into laser optics personnel, equipment, and technology, and release a dedicated Laser Optics Catalog in early 2019. (Source: EO)

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