Off-Axis Paraboloids Enhance Laser Power Density

Enhance Laser Power DensityOff-axis parabolic mirrors can be a useful tool in optical design. OAPs combine the achromatic and diffraction limited imaging properties of a parabolic mirror with the ability to deviate the light path off-axis, which is useful for most imaging systems. OAP’s offer the ability to focus collimated light without introducing spherical aberration. Continue…

Optical Surfaces Limited are a UK based company supplying the world with optical components and instruments. We specialise in large optics, beam expanders, collimators and prototypes, plus custom systems and optics.

Over the last 50 years – Optical Surfaces Ltd has established itself as a leading international manufacturer of top quality, high precision optical components and systems. We have contributed to many major projects worldwide involved in areas such as:
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CAD model of ESO's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) - Courtesy of ESO.

Speciality Prisms for Cryogenic Measurements of Refractive Index for ESO ELT's Spectrograph - HARMONI

Optical Surfaces Ltd has received an order to supply the University of Oxford, UK with 3 speciality glass prisms for a study that will enable defining key components in the state-of-the-art HARMONI spectrometer being developed for ESO's Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). The ELT, a flagship project of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), will be the largest ground-based optical telescope ever built. Located in Chile, with a primary mirror of 39m diameter, ...

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Large diameter, high precision optical window

Optical Windows for Wind Tunnel Aerodynamic Testing

Optical Surfaces Ltd is a producer of large diameter, high precision windows for wind tunnel aerodynamic testing. Aerodynamicists and engineers use wind tunnels to test models of proposed aircraft and engine components. During a test, the model is placed in the test section of the tunnel and air is made to flow past the model. Schlieren imaging is a valuable technique to provide diagnostic information about the 'invisible' flow of air ...

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Durable coated mirrors for high power femtosecond lasers

Durable Mirrors for High Power Lasers

Optical Surfaces Ltd. is a specialist producer of extremely durable, high performance coated mirrors, up to 600 mm in diameter, for use with high power femtosecond lasers. Employing the latest dielectric coating technology, these high-power laser mirrors provide minimum pulse distortion and the maximum usable bandwidth. When used with high-power femtosecond lasers operating at 750 to 850 nm, Optical Surfaces mirrors are designed for use at power densities exceeding 1 J/cm2 ...

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The SPIRou / SPIP spectrograph contained within a large cryogenic dewar (courtesy:Midi-Pyrénées Observatory)

Spectrograph to Record Near-IR Spectrum of Stars in a Single Exposure

Optical Surfaces Ltd reports delivery to the Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP) of high precision disperser prisms and folding mirror components that lie at the heart of the ground breaking SPIRou / SPIP near infrared spectrograph. The SPIRou / SPIP spectrograph is designed to be able to record the whole near infrared spectrum of a star (over the wavelength range 0.98-2.35 µm and in either circular or linear polarization) ...

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