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All About Aspheric Lenses

Learn all about the benefits of aspheres, their unique anatomy, how they're manufactured, and how to choose the right one for your system.

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All About Diffraction Gratings

Learn about how diffraction gratings separate incident light into separate beam paths, different types of gratings, and how to choose the best grating for you.

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Optical Filter Orientation

Unsure which side of your filter should face the light source? Learn how to determine the filter orientation of your TECHSPEC filter at Edmund Optics.

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Understanding White Diffusing Glass

Learn more about White Diffusing Glass, which reduces the scattering of light and homogenizes the light source, at Edmund Optics.

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High Laser Damage AR Coatings

Laser optics high reflectivity mirrors meet exceptional specifications that Edmund Optics' competitors often fail to meet. Learn more at Edmund Optics.

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Using High Performance Boom Stand Systems

Boom stands are important for imaging systems that need to support and stabilize heavy items. Learn how to easily implement a stand into your system at Edmund Optics.

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What is Imaging?

In imaging, light rays are mapped from an object onto an imaging sensor by an imaging lens, to reproduce the characteristics and likeness of the object for the purposes of inspection, sorting, or analysis.

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Metallic Mirror Coatings

Want to learn more about metallic mirror coatings? Find information about standard and custom metallic mirror coatings that are available at Edmund Optics.

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Ruggedization of Imaging Lenses

Have an application in a demanding environment? Learn about the different types of ruggedization: industrial, ingress protection, and stability at Edmund Optics.

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Understanding Optical Windows

Determine how to select an optical window based on its material transmission, thermal and mechanical properties, and other specifications at Edmund Optics.

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What is SWIR?

Have a question about short-wave infrared (SWIR)? Find definitions, application uses, and examples at Edmund Optics.

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Fundamentals of Lasers

Lasers can be used for a variety of applications. Learn how lasers work, different elements, and the differences between laser types at Edmund Optics.

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Understanding Optical Specifications

Do you want to know more about the importance of optical specifications? Learn the different types of specifications and their impact on your system at Edmund Optics.

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Laser Power Density versus Energy Density

Power density, energy density, fluence, and irradiance are often incorrectly used in laser optics applications. Learn the correct definitions and usage.

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Tips for Designing Manufacturable Lenses and Assemblies

Learn more about why manufacturing, assembly, testing and implementation are all equally important for a successful lens design.

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Group Delay Dispersion and White Light Interferometry

Understanding group delay dispersion (GDD) is critical for knowing how ultrafast laser pulses will be stretched or compressed.

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Common Illumination Types

Not sure which type of illumination you should use for your system? Learn more about the pros and cons of different illumination types at Edmund Optics.

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Laser Beam Expanders

Laser beam expanders are critical for reducing power density, minimizing beam diameter at a distance, and minimizing focused laser spot size.

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Understanding Focal Length and Field of View

Learn how to understand focal length and field of view for imaging lenses through calculations, working distance, and examples at Edmund Optics.

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An In-Depth Look at Spherical Aberration Compensation Plates

Spherical aberrations occur in any spherical optic and causes system performance to decrease. Learn how spherical aberration compensation plates can help at Edmund Optics.

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Introduction to Modulation Transfer Function

Want to know more about the Modular Transfer Function? Learn about the components, understanding, importance, and characterization of MTF at Edmund Optics.

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Optical Glass

Choosing the right optical glass is important. Find out factors and properties on how to select the right optical glass at Edmund Optics.

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Quantum Cascade Lasers

Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) are IR lasers that utilize tens or hundreds of quantum wells to decouple the emission wavelength from the bandgap energy.

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Introduction to Polarization

Is polarization a new topic for you? Learn about key terminology, types, and more information to help you understand polarization at Edmund Optics.

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Understanding Rare Earth Materials

Rare earth materials are used in many optics. Find an explanation, examples, and more information about rare earths at Edmund Optics.

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A Closer Look at Kinematic Movement

A Kinematic mount is classified by all degrees of freedom being fully constrained. Need a mount? Browse through the different variations at Edmund Optics.

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Considerations in Collimation

Optical considerations for collimating various types real and ideal point sources. Learn more at Edmund Optics.

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Cleaning Optics

Looking for the best way to clean optics? Learn more about the different cleaning products and methods, along with tips to handle optics at Edmund Optics.

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Understanding Microscopes and Objectives

Learn about the different components used to build a microscope, key concepts, and specifications at Edmund Optics.

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Silhouetting Illumination in Machine Vision

Choosing the right backlight illumination is critical for precise measurement and edge detection in machine vision applications. Learn about your best options!

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