Key Contacts

Robert Wright

Applications Engineering Manager - IR Optics and Aspheres

Tel: +44 1592 776958 / +44 7850 504564

Brent Gross

Product Management Director - Electro Optics and Waveplates

Tel: +1 216 486 6100 (Ext: 3153)

Johnnie Ironside-Smith

Product Manager - Laser Cavity Optics

Tel: +44 1460 256440

Adam Morrow

Product Manager - Superpolished Optics, RLG Components and Mirrors

Tel: +1 805 529 3324 (Ext: 5211)

Materials

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Our expertise in optical materials begins with the selection of the correct material to meet the requirements of customers. We grow much of our own crystalline material and employ rigorous sourcing procedures for those crystals externally procured. We routinely work with a wide variety of optical glass types

The level of vertical integration of our manufacturing processes allows us to provide dependable design advice, and improves the quality of our finished products through unified standards and reduced component handling between manufacturing steps.

We work with a variety of glasses and crystals for wavelengths from the UV through IR.

MaterialComponent / application
ß-barium oxide (BBO)Pockels cells
Cadmium selenide (CdSe)Infrared waveplates
Cadmium sulfide (CdS)Infrared waveplates
Calcite (CaCO3)Polarizers
Calcium fluoride (CaF2)Lenses, windows, mirrors
Chalcogenides: GASIR®, AMTIRWide bandwidth windows and lenses
CVD SILICON CARBIDE™ (silicon carbide)Mirrors
Deuterated dihydrogen potassium phosphate (KD*P)Ultra high energy research lasers
Dihydrogen potassium phosphate (KDP)Pockels cells
Filter glasses Optical filters
Fused silicaAcousto-optic devices, high power laser optics, low expansion substrates
Gallium arsenide (GaAs)Infrared windows and lenses
Germanium (Ge)Infrared windows and lenses, acousto-optic devices
Glasses: flint, crown, fused silicaPrisms, lenses, and flats
Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) Acousto-optic devices, waveplates/retardation plates and depolarizers
Lithium triborate (LiB3O5)Frequency doubling
Low CTE glass: ZERODUR® , CLEARCERAM® -ZMirrors for metrology, ring laser gyro blocks, stable optical mounts, metrology reference blocks
Magnesium fluoride (MgF2)Achromatic waveplates, polarizers, waveplates
Multi-Spectral Zinc Sulphide: CLEARTRAN Infrared lenses
Phosphate glasses (P2O5) Laser rods
Quartz: synthetic SiO2 Acousto-optic devices, waveplates, rotators
Sapphire: ?-Al2O3 Very hard windows and waveplates
Silicon (Si): polycrystalline, mono-crystalline, standard optical grade, floatzone Infrared windows and lenses
Silicon carbide (SiC) Optical flats
Spinel: MgAl2O4, Co:MgAl2O4 Passive Q-switches
Tellurium dioxide (TeO2) Acousto-optic devices
YAG: Y3Al5O12 Laser rods
Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) Infrared lenses
Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) Infrared lenses

Footnotes

GASIR® is a registered trademark of Umicore
CVD SILICON CARBIDE™ is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Corporation
ZERODUR® is a registered trademark of Schott AG CLEARCERAM®-Z is a registered trademark of Ohara Corporation
CLEARTRAN™ is a registered trademark of the Dow Chemical Corporation.

For more information on the materials we manufacture from, please contact us.