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The Central Laser Facility’s Vulcan laser amplifier and mirror bench, R1, at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 26 January 2015. Credit: Science and Technology Facilities Council

Ultrafast gets ultra-small

Katrina Wesencraft outlines engineering and optical challenges involved in shrinking ultrafast lasers, all the way down to tiny devices for sending into space

A good turn

Keely Portway looks at the latest advances in diamond turning, including new properties and functions for optics

Asphere Specifications and Optical Performance

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Aspheric lenses are an extremely powerful tool for improving the per­formance of optical systems whilst also reducing the number of el­ements and consequently size and weight. It is important to understand, however, that aspheric optical components have their own set of specifications and manufacturing challenges. The use of sub-aperture grinding and polishing techniques create additional issues that need to be monitored and controlled to maximise the performance. Find out more about what to consider when specifying a high precision aspheric lens in the whitepaper from Edmund Optics.

Optics on the frontline

Dan Adams highlights the significant role that optics and photonics are playing in addressing the impact of Covid-19

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