Edmund Optics (EO), one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of optical components, now manufactures in-house short-pulse laser optics with low group delay dispersion (GDD) and optics with high laser damage threshold (LIDT) specifications at its Edmund Optics Florida site, formerly known as Quality Thin Films (QTF).
Low GDD optical components minimize chromatic aberration and pulse propagation in ultrafast laser systems, increasing peak powers. High LIDT optical components, on the other hand, help reduce the likelihood of system damage and failure in high-power applications such as cutting, drilling, and laser welding.
Laser optics metrology is essential to ensure that components consistently meet desired specifications and operate safely, especially for systems using high-power lasers or when flow changes may result in inadequate system performance.
With the acquisition of Edmund Optics Florida, one of the leading manufacturers of laser optics, Edmund Optics no longer simply designs and coats low GDD optics, it is now able to provide the highly sophisticated metrology needed to verify specifications. Edmund Optics uses white light interferometers and an in-house ultrafast pulse laser to determine GDD, making it possible to measure these difficult optics to verify their performance in real environments. Edmund Optics Florida's low GDD optics are measured before being shipped, ensuring GDD specifications of 250 to 3,200 nm to the nearest +- 10 fs2.
In addition, Edmund Optics Florida's high LIDT optics, such as the Nd:YAG and Yb:YAG Laser Ray Mirrors, have guaranteed laser damage thresholds thanks to an in-house laser testing laboratory. Each laser line processing design is tested to ensure a high LIDT under the operating conditions of continuous and pulsed wave lasers, resulting in reliable optical performance and preventing system failures.
Edmund Optics Florida excels in manufacturing a wide variety of laser optics, including laser crystals, high laser damage threshold optics, and low GDD optics.
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