OPTICAL COMPONENTS AND INSTRUMENTS


PARABOLOID FOCUS

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:
• fundamental physics   • astronomy   • space   • defence and the environment

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Ultra-Stable Mounts for Optics & Mirrors

Ultra-Stable Mounts for Optics & Mirrors

Optical Surfaces Ltd offer a range of high precision mounts developed to support off-axis paraboloids, spheres and optical flats up to 600mm diameter in applications where stability is important. Constructed in black anodized aluminium – four models of OS Mounts provide a secure and stable platform for mirror diameters from 100mm (4 inches) to 254mm (10 inches). Angular alignment can be made about two axes by means of dual action adjusters ...

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Light Weighted Mirrors

Light Weighted Mirrors

Optical Surfaces Ltd has developed proprietary light weighting techniques that can reduce the weight of a mirror by as much as 60%. In spaceborne applications the need to minimise payload is a key factor in designing optical systems. Optical Surfaces lightweight mirrors are designed to provide sufficient rigidity to ensure ultra-high precision optical performance while reducing the overall weight of the mirror. This reduced weight, in turn, allows smaller, lighter support ...

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Environmental Monitoring from the International Space Station

Optical Surfaces Ltd. reports how a motorised UV-Vis-NIR collimator and interferometric alignment system it supplied to the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Berlin, Germany has been used to set-up the ground breaking DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS). On 23 October 2019, DLR the renowned German Aerospace Center, and the U.S. company Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) announced the start of routine operations for DESIS on the International Space ...

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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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