Our UV fused silica precision bi-concave lenses are polished to tight tolerances using master test plates to ensure minimum wavefront distortion for demanding laser beam expansion applications.
- UV grade fused silica substrates
- Bi-Concave shape for beam expansion applications
- ≤λ/8 surface irregularity, 20-10 scratch-dig
- Broadband or laser line AR coatings
- Standardized focal lengths across different lens sizes
UV Fused Silica for UV, Laserline & Broadband Applications
UV Grade Fused Silica is synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide of extremely high purity providing maximum transmission from 195 to 2100 nm. This non-crystalline, colorless silica glass combines a very low thermal expansion coefficient with good optical qualities, and excellent transmittance in the ultraviolet region. Transmission and homogeneity exceed those of crystalline quartz without the problems of orientation and temperature instability inherent in the crystalline form. It will not fluoresce under UV light and is resistant to radiation. For high-energy applications, the extreme purity of fused silica eliminates microscopic defect sites that could lead to laser damage.
High Quality Precision Lens Surfaces
Our precision bi-convex lenses are polished to tight tolerances minimizing wavefront distortion. Tight surface quality tolerances minimize scatter and unwanted diffraction effects. These lenses have a 20-10 scratch-dig surface quality, and a λ/8 surface irregularity.
Ultraviolet Antireflection Coating
Our AR.10 broadband multilayer antireflection coating markedly improves the transmission efficiency of UVFS lenses in the 245 to 440 nm ultraviolet region.
Broadband Visible Antireflection Coating
Our AR.14 broadband multilayer antireflection coating markedly improves the transmission efficiency of these lenses by reducing surface reflections over a 430-700 nm wavelength range. This AR coating performs effectively for multiple visible wavelengths and tunable lasers eliminating the need for several sets of optics.
Broadband Multilayer NIR Antireflection Coating
Our AR.16 multilayer anti-reflection coating is recommended for NIR applications in the 650-1000 nm range.
1064 nm Laser Line Antireflection V-Coating
Our AR.33 laser line V-coating offers the lowest reflectance at 1064 nm for maximum transmission while maintaining high durability and high damage resistance. Valuable laser energy is efficiently transmitted through the plano-convex lens rather than lost to surface reflection and scattering. The trade off to its superior performance is the minimal laser line wavelength range.
Standardized Focal Lengths
Standard effective focal lengths provide a systematic approach allowing for lenses of different sizes to be interchanged without requiring other changes to your optical system.
Bi-Concave Lens Shape for Beam Expansion
Bi-Concave lenses are the best choice where object and image are at absolute conjugate ratios closer to 1:1 with converging input beam. The output rays appear to be diverging from a virtual image located on the object side of the lens. The distance from this virtual point to the lens is known as the focal length. Similar to the Plano-Concave lenses, the Bi-concave lenses have negative focal lengths, thereby causing collimated incident light to diverge. Bi-Concave lenses have equal radius of curvature on both side of the lens. They are generally used to expand light or increase focal length in existing systems, such as beam expanders and projection systems.