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Cleaning Optics: Choosing the Best Method

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Cleaning optical elements improves performance, providing proper materials, techniques and handling procedures are used to minimize the risk of damage.

CVI Laser Optics

Optics can be contaminated in many ways. Contamination can be kept to a minimum by returning the optics to their case after use or by covering the optics for protection from the outside environment. However, even with all these precautions, the optic will eventually accumulate dust, stains, or some other form of contamination. Inspection of optical surfaces During inspection, all optics must be handled in the cleanest area available (preferably a cleanroom or within a laminar flow bench). Proper equipment, such as powder-free cleanroom gloves or finger cots must be worn at all...Read full article

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