Posted in | News

Aspheric Optics for Nuclear Research Laser Facilities

Optical Surfaces Ltd. is an international supplier of diffraction-limited aspheric lenses for nuclear research laser facilities.

Nuclear research laser facilities around the world today commonly use powerful amplified ultra-short duration pulses of coherent light to deliver massive energy densities at a given target. The synchronised delivery of such high-power pulses generates extreme conditions that allow scientists to carry out state of the art nuclear research and to study the conditions that exist in exotic and distant to us environments, such as the core of our sun. Using such facilities, researchers around the world are seeking to advance knowledge in fields such as particle and nuclear physics, material science, astrophysics with applications that range from nuclear energy to medical research. However, to push back the frontiers of these nuclear research applications places great demands on the quality of optics used to deliver and focus the energy of the high energy lasers onto their targets.

Over the last 40 years - Optical Surfaces has produced diffraction-limited aspheric lenses, up to 600mm in diameter, in a range of high-quality optical glasses with low f-number to optimise light gathering and focusing performance. Drawing upon a highly skilled workforce, proprietary production techniques and a uniquely stable manufacturing environment - Optical Surfaces is able to manufacture aspheric lenses with surface finish of 20/10 scratch/dig, surface roughness of 1nm rms and ultra-smooth slope errors.

These leading-edge specifications, coupled with a range of high-power laser coatings to maintain high transmission, has enabled Optical Surfaces aspheric lenses to operate at the ultra-high energy thresholds demanded by the latest generation of Terawatt lasers.

A rolling program for the calibration of test optics to national standards, where possible, and production approval to ISO 9001-2015 ensures that the quality of aspheric lenses from Optical Surfaces is second to none.

For further information on diffraction-limited aspheric lenses for nuclear research laser facilities please visit


Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Optical Surfaces Ltd.. (2019, October 21). Aspheric Optics for Nuclear Research Laser Facilities. AZoOptics. Retrieved on May 30, 2024 from

  • MLA

    Optical Surfaces Ltd.. "Aspheric Optics for Nuclear Research Laser Facilities". AZoOptics. 30 May 2024. <>.

  • Chicago

    Optical Surfaces Ltd.. "Aspheric Optics for Nuclear Research Laser Facilities". AZoOptics. (accessed May 30, 2024).

  • Harvard

    Optical Surfaces Ltd.. 2019. Aspheric Optics for Nuclear Research Laser Facilities. AZoOptics, viewed 30 May 2024,

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Your comment type

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.