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Laser Optics

Edmund Optics® (EO) designs and manufactures components ideal for various laser applications including medical equipment, entertainment projectors, and sensing for dynamic measurements. Utilizing high-end manufacturing, including multiple Ion Assisted Deposition coating chambers and Magnetorheological finishing (MRF), EO manufacturers high quality laser optics, from laser mirrors to laser aspheres to laser beam expanders. With a wide selection of off-the-shelf laser optics available for same day shipping, prototyping is made easy and efficient. When the time comes for volume production or for custom designs, EO delivers high volume laser optics manufactured at one of many global precision manufacturing sites.

Download UV Optics Brochure

Ultraviolet (UV) laser optics are becoming increasingly vital for many applications including semiconductor processing, fluorescence microscopy, and laser micromachining.

The Laser Lab Video Series

Laser Optics Lab: Introduction to the Laser Optics Lab
Laser Optics Lab: Back Reflections
Laser Optics Lab: Beam Expander Configurations & Designs
Laser Optics Lab: Coatings
Laser Optics Lab: Specifications for Selecting a Laser

Laser Optics Manufacturing

Materials processing with lasers is quickly becoming a large part of the manufacturing process. When using lasers in manufacturing processes, higher precision can be achieved at faster processing speeds. Laser manufacturing ranges from laser welding to surface treatment and includes all types of materials. Each material and manufacturing process utilizes of a variety of laser optics including laser mirrors and laser beam expanders to have the optimal laser output for the process needs. Adding lasers into a manufacturing process supports high volume and demanding processes across many application spaces.

Welding

When joining components, lasers are fast, automated tools for deposit, spot and seam welding. Precision laser welding is a powerful process for modern industrial manufacturers to high-precision electronics. The small spot diameters yield low thermal distortion welds for a diverse range of materials at high-speeds.

Cutting

Complex cuts and contours have led to the rise of using lasers for cutting. For most metals, the small focus diameters of the laser provide a low distortion, fast cutting tool with small kerf widths due to the localized energy input from the beam. An advantage to using lasers for cutting is the low heat input, which is localized from the beam where the cut is being made.

Marking

Durable, high contrast marking can be performed with lasers for materials processing including semiconductors, organics, and metals. With laser marking, no unwanted substance or surface modifications are left behind. Laser marking can also include surface treatments, such as hardening by altering the mechanical properties of the material.

Engraving

Lasers for engraving can be used for high precision printing, embossing, or erosion through material ablation or scribing. Laser engraving is a flexible method for 2D and 3D realization using micron sized spots for durable marks of ranging geometry and materials.

Medical

Lasers are a powerful and versatile alternative to traditional invasive medical treatments. The advancements of medical lasers are increasing accessibility to safe, low-invasive devices and treatments ranging from cosmetics to dermatology to surgical. Medical laser systems use aspheric lenses and filters to enable new, emerging technologies in laser treatment.

Hair & Tattoo Removal

Using lasers for removing hair and tattoos are quickly becoming the most prevalent cosmetic procedures. Both are non-invasive and utilize the interaction between the laser light wavelengths and the hair or tattoo. Hair removal procedures prevent or reduce new growth, whereas tattoo removal uses different wavelengths and powers, one at a time, in order to ensure ink removal across the surface.

Dentistry

Dental lasers are a powerful tool for treatment of periodontal disease and managing tissue or muscles during procedures or other treatments. When compared to traditional dental treatments, lasers can also enhance the effectiveness of the procedure. For instance, during a laser cavity removal, the laser treatment offers a more precise removal than that of a standard drill.

Eye surgery

Lasers are the primary tool in several common eye procedures, including refractive correction such as LASIK. Laser treatments are used to treat diseases in the eye, correct refractive errors, or even repair tears in the retina. These technologies are safe for the human eye and enable improved treatment of many eye diseases. This application space is a crossover application space between advanced diagnostics and laser applications. More information is available regarding the eye in our Advanced Diagnostics section.

Plastic Surgery

Distinct wavelengths of laser light creates a localized energy spot for plastic surgeries in which the incident laser light interacts with the tissues of the body, including those of the skin. Laser plastic surgery can include reduction of wrinkles or removal of skin growths or birthmarks.

Laser Lenses

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser Beam Expanders

Laser Windows

Laser Beamsplitters

Laser Polarizers

Entertainment

In many multimedia arenas, lasers are becoming the premier tool for high intensities, bold colors, and superior images. Lasers originally were used in the entertainment industry for laser light shows by using static beams to add another dimension to the show. Due to the coherence and potential light intensity of laser sources, lasers have expanded through the industry beyond static laser light shows and new technologies are pushing the bounds of imagination. Filters and cylinder lenses help shape and control the laser outputs for these multimedia applications.

Laser Projectors

Laser projectors are high performing projectors with a laser as the light source. The laser source can provide excellent contrast and superior colors, as well as a significantly longer lifetime than a traditional Xenon bulb. The advancement in laser technologies has made laser projection become a reality, with incredible image qualities and long-lifetimes.

Laser Light Shows

Lasers shows have been supplementing light shows for many years, however the technology behind laser light shows has substantially improved since the first laser light show. By utilizing the coherence of the laser source and scanning mirrors, laser light displays can create a fully immersive multimedia performance with a multitude of patterns and wavelengths.

Laser Printing

Laser printing is a ubiquitous laser technology in which the laser interacts with the drum to transfer the toner to the paper. The speed at which laser printer copies images is faster than a typical photocopier, making laser printing the preferred method for many users.

Sensing

Lasers are a powerful tool in sensing applications across all industries. Lasers can be found in closed and open loop controls for position sensing, dimensional measurement, and dynamic measurements such as those for high speed applications. Laser pulses provide a high-speed, precise method for sensing applications including LIDAR and time-of-flight sensing. Aspheric lenses and cylinder lenses are useful components for properly shaping the beams in a sensing system.

LIDAR

LIDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, is a powerful imaging and surveying tool for applications in many fields such as geology, forestry, and automation. By combining laser detection and the appropriate sensors, LIDAR utilizes a specific portion of the spectrum to target various materials and return information on the features of the material. LIDAR has been used extensively for meteorology and is being implemented more and more into autonomous vehicles.

Distance Sensing

Lasers are used in detecting distances by using a triangulated signal. Whether for long range applications or process monitoring, the resolutions from the laser is higher than that of other methods of distance sensing. Laser based sensing is useful for surface profiling, robotic process control, dimensional measurements, and other process control applications.

Chemical Detection

Due to their narrow wavelength distribution and high power stability, lasers are excellent tools for chemical detection. They can be used to detect slight changes to refractive indices or to detect trace substances, making them an excellent choice for standoff detection.

Laser Lenses

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser Line Mirrors

Laser Aspheres

Laser Aspheres

Laser Beam Expanders

Laser Beam Expanders

Laser Windows

Laser Windows

Laser Polarizers

Laser Polarizers


Why Partner with us?

 

EO Designed and Manufactured

EO designed and manufactured TECHSPEC® components including laser mirrors, laser assemblies, laser aspheres, and many laser optics components.

 

Engineering Expertise

Extensive engineering expertise with over 150 engineers with application, design, and manufacturing knowledge

 

High Quality

High quality material grades and coatings for all laser optics with various levels of performance options available for any laser need.

 

Resources

Easy access to online technical content and tools for quick reference.

Laser Optics Clean Room

Additional Resources

Technical Articles

Links to technical articles appearing in industry publications authored by Edmund Optics or featuring contributions from EO's engineering team and key management.

No One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Selecting Optical Coatings
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An In-Depth Look at Spherical Aberration Compensation Plates
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Application Notes

Technical information and application examples including theoretical explanations, equations, graphical illustrations, and much more.

Considerations when Using
Cylinder Lenses
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Handling and Storing High
Power Laser Mirrors
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The Complexities of
High-Power Optical Coatings
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Fundamentals of Lasers,
How do they Work?
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Laser Damage Threshold Testing: Testing and Defining
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Calculators

Technical calculators based on commonly used and referenced equations in the Optics, Imaging and Photonics industries.

Determine spot size of our lasers and laser diode modules
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Mathematically model beam propagation of Gaussian beam
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Videos

Informative corporate or instructional videos ranging from simple tips to application-based demonstrations of product advantages.

Your Guide to Cylinder Lenses
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LC (Low Cost) Fixed YAG Beam Expanders
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Laser Prisms

Laser Polarizers

Laser Line Mirrors

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Technical Experts at Your Service

Stefaan Vandendriessche is the Laser Optics Product Line Manager at Edmund Optics®. Stefaan works to develop the laser optics product offering and specify the right laser optical technologies at Edmund Optics to ensure that the products available meet the needs of our customers and advancing applications within the industry. Stop by our various tradeshows to meet Stefaan or contact us today.

left quotation mark The optics EO makes enable the future and I love developing technology and product that inevitably helps customers achieve their goals. By being part of the initial development, EO has its hand in creating laser systems that process materials for tomorrow’s applications and those that advance medical applications that are making way for the next generation of medical care.  right quotation mark

--Stefaan Vandendriessche, Laser Optics Product Line Manager

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