Warming Up: Three Hot Markets for the Infrared Optical Industry

By Ross Team | Feb 20, 2018 12:07:36 PM

Demand for infrared optical elements has extended beyond just lens assemblies and hot/cold mirrors. Specifically, there is growing interest across the optical industry for bandpass filters, achromats, athermal elements, and polarizing waveplates. The demand spans all IR wavelength bands—near IR (0.75 µm to 1.4 µm), short-wavelength IR (1.4 µm to 3 µm), mid-wavelength IR (3 µm to 8 µm), and long-wavelength IR (8 µm to 15 µm). Advances in sensor and source technology, as well as a changing marketplace, are driving this growth. Demand from three industries stands out as particularly noteworthy:

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Three Examples of Using Cylinder Optics for Beam Shaping

By Lisa Yang | Nov 15, 2017 9:15:00 AM

Unlike a conventional spherical lens, a "cylinder lens" has curvature along only one axis, as shown in the first figure. Cylinder lenses are useful in applications where light needs to be manipulated in only one direction. The example shown is a plano-convex positive lens, which brings parallel rays to a line focus.

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Optics Provide a High-Res Look at a Galaxy Far, Far Away

By Katie Steelman | Sep 13, 2017 8:55:00 AM
Stock image, Claudio Ventrella

Have you ever tried to take a picture of a bright full moon or a star-filled sky, only to be disappointed when virtually nothing shows up on your phone screen? The distance and brightness of these objects make it nearly impossible to get a sharp image—and that’s just in our own galaxy.

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Looking Forward to Great Views and Productive Conversations at Optics + Photonics in San Diego

By Charlie Metzger | Jul 31, 2017 1:40:00 PM

SPIE Optics + Photonics (O+P) is coming up in San Diego, California, the week of August 6. The optics industry changes quickly, and O+P is a prime place to catch up on the latest developments across the field, with an even mix of technological innovations and applications.

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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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The Hunt for Large Lenses Stops Here

By Damon Diehl | Oct 11, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Do other optics suppliers think you’re weird for wanting large lenses? We don’t.

As more and more optical suppliers consolidate and streamline their businesses, few continue to carry large diameter lenses. This is problematic because large diameter optics remain critical for precision instruments such as telescopes and imagers.  

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Three Unusual Scientific Applications of Smartphones

By Damon Diehl | Jan 13, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Smartphones are so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget the extraordinary technology we carry in our pockets. The 2015 generation smartphones have over twenty times the processing capability of IBM’s famous Deep Blue supercomputer, and they also feature a high-resolution camera and a wireless internet connection. With very little modification a smartphone can become a powerful, portable scientific instrument. Here are a few of the more unexpected smartphone applications.

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Thunder Energies Corporation Announces Manufacturing Agreements with Ross Optical Industries for the Production of Isodual Lenses

By Katie Steelman | Dec 9, 2015 10:31:34 AM

Dr. William G. Gaines, President and COO of Thunder Energies Corporation (TEC), a company publicly traded OTCQB with stock symbol TNRG, announced last month that Ross Optical Industries of El Paso, Texas has been selected to manufacture the proprietary concave lens for the Santilli Telescope. This significant agreement was reached after months of tests and discussions between the parties.

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