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Understanding the most commonly used laser optics materials will allow for easy navigation of EO’s wide selection of laser optics components.
An understanding of refraction and basic ray optics is a critical foundation for understanding more complicated optical concepts and technologies.
Learn the basics of telescope theory and how to construct different types of telescopes.
UV Lenses require extremely tight tolerances and novel materials such as sapphire. Learn more at Edmund Optics.
Overspecifying optical losses in laser systems will not further improve your performance or reliability, but it could cost you additional money and/or time.
Understanding the polarization of laser light is critical for many applications, as polarization impacts reflectance, focusing the beam, and other key behaviors.
Superpolished optics with ultra-low surface roughness minimize scatter in optical systems, which is critical in sensitive laser applications.
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.
Light is absorbed in optical media through several methods including exciting electrons to higher energy states and converting to thermal energy
Have a question about adaptive optics or deformable mirrors? Learn more on understanding wavefronts, adaptive optics theory, and more at Edmund Optics.
Metrology is critical for ensuring that optical components consistently meet their desired specifications, especially in laser applications.
With over 65 optical glass types readily available at manufacturing sites, EO enables quick prototyping. View the full list of glass types at Edmund Optics.
Have a time or budget restraint? Check out these tips and advantages for designing applications with standard, off-the-shelf optics at Edmund Optics.
Looking for application examples? Find examples for Detector Systems, Selecting the Right Lens, and Building a Projection System at Edmund Optics.
Have a question about theoretical foundations? Find out more about the electromagnetic spectrum, interference, reflection, and more at Edmund Optics.
Are standard beam expanders not meeting your application requirements? Learn how to design your own beam expander using stock optics at Edmund Optics.
Do you use ray tracing on a regular basis? Learn more about the calculations aspect, along with steps and software at Edmund Optics.
Not all optical components are tested for laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) and testing methods differ, resulting in different types of LIDT specifications.
Learn how Edmund Optics maintains optical performance across the entire image plane through this resolution and contrast comparison using our C Series FFL lens.
Laser Induced Damage Threshold describes the maximum quantity of laser radiation an optic can take before damaging. Learn more at Edmund Optics.
Not sure which beam expander will work best in your application? Check out EO's Beam Expander Selection Guide to easily compare each type at Edmund Optics.
Check out these best practices for handling and storing high power laser mirrors to decrease the risk of damage and increase lifetimes at Edmund Optics.
Fluorescence microscopy can be influenced by product or specification differences, which can be seen using comparative images. Learn more at Edmund Optics.
Telecentric Lenses can grow quite large and heavy with small magnifications, as such magnifications require large front optics. Learn more at Edmund Optics.
Subsurface damage in optical components can lead to increased absorption and scatter, reducing system performance.
Large diameter aspheric lenses enable high-power optical systems, but several key considerations must be taken into account during their fabrication process.
Diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings are a type of highly durable, anti-reflective optical coating ideal for defense applications and other harsh environments.
Rare earth materials are used in many optics. Find an explanation, examples, and more information about rare earths at Edmund Optics.
Understanding group delay dispersion (GDD) is critical for knowing how ultrafast laser pulses will be stretched or compressed.
Laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of optics is a statistical value influenced by defect density, the testing method, and fluctuations in the laser.
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