Aspheric Optics for Nuclear Research

As the power of laboratory lasers has increased, aspheric lenses and mirrors have been pushed to deliver exceptionally high intensities.

BY ARIS KOURIS – OPTICAL SURFACES LTD in an article published in, courtesy of Photonics Media.

This is Part 1 of a two-part feature on optics for nuclear research.

Part 1 takes a brief look at high-power laser facilities. It also demonstrates the critical role of aspheric optics in these demanding conditions.

Click here to read Part 1 in full.

Part 2 discusses the technical requirements and manufacturing challenges of mirrors and lenses in nuclear and other facilities that use high-power lasers. Coatings and materials choices are also addressed.

Click here to read Part 2 in full.