In a previous post, we explained the concept of a material refractive index in optics in the context of optical design. Something that we didn’t review however is that many materials have two, three (and even more) different refractive indices depending on the...
Designing optical systems with hot and cold mirrors
by Victor Argueta | Dec 10, 2020 | optical engineering, optics definitions, science
Filters for selecting specific wavelengths are common in optical systems. In our microscope design article we explained the use of dichroic mirrors to select fluorescent wavelengths. In some applications optical engineers need to filter out high (UV light)...
Uses of Sapphire explained; IR optics, laser optics, windows
by Victor Argueta | Oct 7, 2020 | optics, science, Uncategorized
IntroductionYou may not be aware but you probably have in your hands one of the toughest substances in the world right now. If you own a good quality watch chances are that it has a sapphire glass. Also, some versions of Appla watches and almost all mobile phones use...
Awesome optics startups-updated
by John | Feb 18, 2013 | optics, science
Our original Super Cool Optics Startups list’s popularity prompted an update to include six more we wanted to share with you. Organic Robotics Their stretchable smart fabrics deliver optically based accurate motion capture and pressure sensing at the speed of light...
5+ “No-glasses” 3D displays you should see
by John | Jan 24, 2013 | optics, science
The promise of floating 3D imagery seen without glasses has caught the imagination of millions even before Star Wars. Are we any closer making those science fiction dreams a reality? Need help? Click here to learn more about our custom optical engineering...
9 creatures with amazing ‘optical systems’
by John | Dec 14, 2012 | optics, science
More optics links we hope will spark your curiosity. Today’s batch, 9 amazing creatures and their incredible optical systems. Need help? Click here to learn more about our custom optical engineering services. Cuttlefish Here’s a question nobody asks:...
Great Science Events for Kids (Boston area)
by John | Apr 21, 2010 | Cambridge, NES-OSA, OFH, optics, science
Need assistance designing a custom optic or imaging lens ? Learn more about our design services here. From April 24 - May 2, 2010, the Cambridge Science Festival offers a variety of fun and educational things to do. The events are at various sites around...
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