Resolve Optics Ltd has produced an informative technical note that addresses the question 'Does My Application Require Radiation Resistant Lenses?
In nuclear power, nuclear reprocessing, space, medical and other scientific applications optical glass may be exposed to high energy radiation like gamma, electron, proton and neutron radiation. With the accumulation of higher doses this radiation reduces the transmittance of optical glass (turning brown or grey) especially near the UV-visible edge of the spectrum.
Fortunately optical glasses can be stabilised against transmittance loss caused by ionizing radiation by adding Cerium (Ce) to the composition. The extent of stabilization differs from glass type to glass type.
Over the last 20 years - Resolve Optics Ltd. has established a strong international reputation as a leading supplier of fixed focus and zoom non-browning (radiation resistant) lenses. Drawing upon the same expertise - Resolve Optics has also developed a wide range of custom designed non browning lenses and radiation resistant endoscopes which enable areas with very high radiation to be viewed.
Resolve Optics Ltd has for over 20 years developed OEM quantity special lenses and optical designs for small and large high technology businesses. Our customers have benefited from our novel and economic optical solutions. Several are currently world leaders in their niche high technology markets. Resolve Optics has developed the rare capability to produce small quantities of high performance, mounted lenses with the professional look, feel and quality equivalent to the best professional photographic and broadcast TV lenses. Drawing upon our experienced team of optical designers we are able to quickly gain an understanding of the basic physics of the technology associated with each customer's product enabling us to propose novel solutions. Our aim is to provide a fast and flexible optical and mechanical design assessment on all projects. A project engineer is assigned to closely liaise with customers at all points of a development to ensure complete satisfaction with the final product.