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Photonics.com Optics & Optical Coatings Technology Newsletter (10/29/2013)

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Wafer-Scale Micro-Optics Fulfill Promise
Early inventions in the field of planar diffractive and refractive micro-optics date back more than a century.
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Tiny Camera Takes a Wide View
A new imager achieves the optical performance of a traditional wide-angle or fish-eye lens — and in high resolution — but in a device less than one-tenth the volume. Such a system could enable high-resolution imaging in unmanned aerial microvehicles, or smartphone photos more comparable to those from a full-size single-lens reflex (SLR) camera.
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Cost effectively achieving exceptional transmitted wavefront and parallelism on flat optics
Because it can process multiple parts simultaneously, the double-side process is the most cost-effective way to achieve flat, parallel parts that require exceptional transmitted wavefront and very low wedge (<1 arc s). The process is ideal for OEMs, coating companies, instrument manufacturers and wafer-based processing labs to create optics in sizes to 740 mm in diameter and 0.150 mm thickness, in quantities to over 10,000 pieces per month.
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Faster Mold Coating Tests Make Glass Processing More Efficient
Bypassing the time-consuming wear stages of heating and cooling allows quick testing of mold coating lifetimes while increasing efficiency for precision glass molding.
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Transparent Ceramics Find Wide Use in Optics
Polycrystalline ceramics with the cubic spinel structure enable multiple defense applications, including night-vision goggles and IR optics for military systems such as domes, lenses, reconnaissance and sensor windows – they also have applications in nonmilitary arenas such as semiconductor processing, oil and gas drilling, medical optics and lasers.
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