Optical Filters: Application and Design Considerations

Tue, Apr 23, 2024 1:00P EDT
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Optical filters can discretely transmit or reject specific wavelengths or ranges of wavelengths of light. Utilizing this capability in photonics-based instruments creates the need for a better understanding of optical filter design considerations and how specifications influence performance and cost. Craig Hanson of MKS/Newport discusses the fundamental principles of optical coatings and filter types and explains the significance of filter parameters and the benefits of design review. He also explores accessory options and subsystem integration. Next Hanson unveils MKS’ unique manufacturing processes and capabilities for custom optical filters from prototype to high-volume production. Finally, this presentation concludes with an open Q&A, for which Hanson is joined by Mark Roberts, principal thin-film engineer at MKS.

Who should attend:
This webinar caters to optical designers, engineers, product managers, and purchasing agents who are interested in optical filter selection and integration into their optical systems. And those who work with numerous applications in lenses, cameras, and optics.

About the presenters:
Craig Hanson is product manager for optical components at MKS Instruments in Rochester, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Utah. He started his career in the photonics industry, supporting optical filters and coatings more than 20 years ago at CVI Laser Optics. Hanson has served in roles ranging from sales, application engineering, marketing, and product management. Throughout his carrier he has expanded the depth of his product knowledge of optical materials, optical components, and a variety of coating technologies.

Mark Roberts is a principal thin film engineer within the engineering department of the (optical) thin films coatings, filters, and mirrors business for MKS out of their Franklin, MA facility. He joined MKS in 2005 as a thin film technician and was promoted into the engineering department in 2006. He held multiple roles within the department, including manager, before leaving the company in 2017. After brief stints as both a brewer and distiller, he returned to MKS in a fully remote role as a senior thin film engineer in 2020 and has since been promoted to principal thin film engineer. Roberts provides technical design expertise, both in the Stabilife® and ODiate™ coating platforms, and supports manufacturing, quality, and customer applications.

He holds a degree in environmental science from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH and has nearly 20 years of combined experience in the optics industry primarily focused on optical thin film filers and their design, coatings, and spectral verification.

About MKS/Newport:
Newport is a brand within the MKS Instruments Photonics Solutions division. The Newport product portfolio consists of a full range of solutions including precision motion control, optical tables and vibration isolation systems, photonic instruments, optics, and opto-mechanical components. The company's innovative Newport solutions leverage core expertise in vibration isolation and submicron positioning systems and opto-mechanical and photonics subsystems to enhance its customers capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, electronics and packaging, and specialty industrial markets. For more information, visit

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