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Omega Optical Acquires Rugate to Expand Thin Film Capabilities

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 20, 2016 — Omega Optical has announced its acquisition of Rugate Technology Inc., an R&D company focused on the design, process development, and manufacturing of optical thin films.

Formed in 1996, Rugate Technologies has expertise in the fabrication of narrow-notch IR filters, dual-band IR coatings and spectral control filters for high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic devices.

As part of the acquisition, Rugate Technologies co-founder Thomas D. Rahmlow Jr. has joined Omega Optical in the role of senior scientist, bringing 30 years of experience in thin-film coating design and fabrication to Omega’s engineering team. Omega also added an E-Beam/Ion-Assist coating chamber specifically configured to midwave-infrared and longwave-infrared coatings.

Omega Optical manufactures custom thin-film interference filters and coatings from UV to far-infrared, including coatings on fiber tips, for biomedical, defense, aerospace, astronomy, industrial and commercial applications.
Jul 2016
The scientific observation of celestial radiation that has reached the vicinity of Earth, and the interpretation of these observations to determine the characteristics of the extraterrestrial bodies and phenomena that have emitted the radiation.
Bearing alternate ridges and grooves; corrugated. Said of some optical surfaces.
thin film
A thin layer of a substance deposited on an insulating base in a vacuum by a microelectronic process. Thin films are most commonly used for antireflection, achromatic beamsplitters, color filters, narrow passband filters, semitransparent mirrors, heat control filters, high reflectivity mirrors, polarizers and reflection filters.
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Omega Optical has been bringing you the light you need since 1969. Omega specializes in thin-film interference filters in the 190 nm - 10 µm wavelength range. The layers are vacuum-deposited using a number of methods including physical...
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