Our UV fused silica precision bi-convex lenses are polished to tight tolerances using master test plates to ensure minimum wavefront distortion for demanding laser focusing applications.
- UV grade fused silica substrates
- Bi-Convex shape for imaging 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.
Bi-Convex Lens Shape for Focusing
Bi-Convex lenses are the best choice when the object and image are at equal or near equal distance from the lens. When the object and image distance are equal (1:1 magnification), not only is spherical aberration minimized, but also coma, distortion, and chromatic aberration are identically canceled due to the symmetry. Bi-convex lenses function similarly to plano-convex lenses in that they have a positive focal length, and focus parallel rays of light to a point. Both surface are spherical and have the same radius of curvature, thereby minimizing spherical aberration. As a guideline, bi-convex lenses perform within minimum aberration at conjugate ratios between 5:1 and 1:5. Outside this magnification range, plano-convex lenses are usually more suitable.
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.