Going Off Map: 5 Non-Optical Considerations for Optical Materials Discovery

By Lisa Yang | Jun 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A “glass map” is often the first tool in optical design. The map is a quick way to determine a suitable range of optical materials in terms of refractive index (n) and dispersion (“Abbe number”, “nu number”, or “V-number”). Finding the ideal region on the glass map is only the first step, though. Several “non-optical” factors must be balanced to determine which materials are most promising. We’ll consider 5 of the most important.

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Meet the Team: Erika Salayandia, Quality Manager

By Ross Team | May 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Erika has been with Ross Optical for 7 years. From our quality management system to our thorough optical inspection process, Erika helps ensure that our products meet customer requirements as well as our own high quality standards.

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Differences and Similarities between Cylinder and Spherical Lens Fabrication

By Damon Diehl | May 11, 2017 8:56:00 AM

Because cylindrical and spherical optics both have circular profiles when viewed end-on, it is a common misconception that identical production methods apply to both. Both methods do use similar principles of grinding and polishing, but there are a number of very important differences. Here are three of the most significant areas of difference.

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Ross Adds Custom Optical Cylinders

By Ross Team | May 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

For years, Ross Optical has been supplying catalog cylinders and optical cylinder sets to customers in laser diode, measurement instrumentation, and other industries. While cylinders are used in a broad range of applications, we are seeing the most recent demand for their use in line generators.

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The Constructive Ripple Effect of ITAR Compliance

By Ross Team | Apr 27, 2017 8:22:00 AM

Regardless of whether a business works directly or indirectly with the US government, it is critical to follow ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations). As we noted in a previous article, ITAR is a moving target, and it is inarguably frustrating to keep abreast of the latest developments. That said, we have noticed that maintaining our ITAR compliance has had a "ripple effect" on other aspects of our business practices. Here are four indirect business improvements we have seen because of ITAR compliance.

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Tracking Down Hard-to-Find Optics

By Charlie Metzger | Apr 12, 2017 12:48:00 PM

Innovative optical technology arises from fresh design concepts. Those designs often hinge on the performance of a specific optical element, but sometimes that component can be hard to find. Perhaps the part is only available in limited quantities. Perhaps it has been discontinued. Perhaps the optical element exists, but the specifications are out of line with the design tolerances. Regardless of the reason, absence of a specific part can kill some projects.

Ross Optical is the investigator to hire when you’re looking for something no one else can find. Here’s why:

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Optical Inspection Process: Ensuring the Best Parts Every Time

By Charlie Metzger | Mar 30, 2017 1:07:00 PM

Delivering on Quality

Ross is the premier source for high quality, hard-to-find optics. Far from being just a vendor, Ross Optical has the capability to polish optics to meet your requirements. We also offer a full range of optical coatings (from 250 to 2400 in-house), as well as assembly services for multi-element optical systems and subassemblies.

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Enabling New Photonics Tech: Hot Topics in R&D from Photonics West

By Charlie Metzger | Feb 24, 2017 9:50:00 AM

The annual SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco set new attendance records. More than 22,000 people met to discuss the latest in light-based science and engineering, and the exhibition hall, featuring 1,345 companies, sold out months in advance. The BiOS, LASE, and OPTO conferences were the place to learn about the latest photonics R&D.

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Saving the Optics Supply Chain: Win the Game by Losing Tolerances

By Lisa Yang | Feb 10, 2017 9:32:06 AM

It’s winning the game that matters, not the individual players. A manager can spend a fortune to get all the very best players, but if they don’t work well together, the team won’t consistently win. Similarly, in optics, it is the system performance that matters, not every single component. Here are two instances when choosing the right kind of “imperfect” optics provides winning performance and a safer supply chain.

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