Optical Surfaces has been involved in the production of optical components and systems for over five decades and recognized as one of the major producers of ultra smooth parabolic, toroidal, spherical, ellipsoidal mirrors for the most challenging applications.
The following are the sophisticated applications that have benefited from the ultra smooth off-axis parabolic mirrors offered by Optical Surfaces:
- High power laser electron acceleration/beam focusing experiments
- Broadband collimators systems
- Satellite/ground based telescope research
- Remote sensing systems
- Interferometric beam expanders
- MTF measurement systems.
Ellipsoidal mirrors supplied by Optical Surfaces are useful in extending the boundaries of telescopic solar research. High precision toroidal mirrors offered by Optical Surfaces play key role in the improvement of the achievable performance of mass spectrometers and pave way to novel imaging applications in the medical field. A 1.3m diameter spherical spectrograph mirror played a crucial role to provide the first observable evidence of the existence of black holes.
Anchor Capabilities of Optical Surfaces
Optical Surfaces’ ISO 9001-2008-accredited production workshops and test facilities are deep underground in a chain of tunnels excavated in solid chalk where vibration is virtually non-existent and temperature remains constant. With such stable conditions, especially with long path lengths, testing becomes measurable and dependable. Besides these natural advantages, Optical Surfaces has highly skilled workers with a commitment to provide quality products and customer service.
Optical Surfaces is equipped to fabricate off-axis parabolic mirrors of up to 600mm in diameter, with a surface accuracy of λ/20p-v based on off-axis angles. The company’s proprietary polishing techniques facilitate achieving the natural limit to the off-axis angle of around 25-30 degrees and surface micro-roughness of ~ 1 nm rms, depending on the required surface accuracy.