Novel Bonding Technology Improves Optical Assemblies (EuroPhotonics March, 2013)

Trey Turner and Patrick Casnedi explain how activated covalent bonding (ACB™) overcomes the optical performance and laser damage limitations of traditional adhesive techniques and also can be used with mid-IR components.

A statistical study of the relationship between surface quality and laser induced damage (SPIE)

This paper explores why traditional laser damage testing routinely fails to accurately characterize and predict component damage threshold. Its goal is to advance the state of knowledge regarding laser damage in a direction that might ultimately lead to a test that is truly predictive of the actual probability of damage at any fluence.

Superpolished Optics Enable High-Sensitivity Laser Applications (Photonics Spectra, Nov. 2012)

Trey Turner provides a review of superpolished surfaces, including fabrication and measurement, and discusses some of the leading applications that depend on these optics.

Understanding Optical Coatings For Military Applications (PhotonicsOnline, September, 2012)

Trey Turner reviews the commonly encountered tradeoffs in thin film design for military coatings in order to help buyers establish a realistic set of specifications that deliver the necessary performance in the most cost-effective manner.

Automated Inspection of Optics using ISO Specifications (Optics & Photonics News, July/August, 2012)

Quentin Turchette and Trey Turner explain how to quickly and accurately identify surface defects using an automated microscope-based system that follows the ISO 10110-7 specification.

Military laser technologies challenge optical-coating manufacturers (Laser Focus World, Nov., 2011)

In this Laser Focus World article, Trey Turner explains how coating manufacturers meet the extreme requirements of optics for military applications.

Aspheric Optics: Ask for What You Want (Photonics Spectra, Nov., 2011)

In this Photonics Spectra article, Trey Turner and Mark Damery review how to specify diamond turned aspherics to maximize performance and minimize cost.

Improve Performance with Sputtering (Electro-Optics, May, 2011)

Mark Damery provides an overview of the technology behind ion beam sputtered (IBS) coatings and their main performance advantages.

High Laser-Induced-Damage Threshold Optics (Photonics Spectra, March, 2011)

Trey Turner explains the primary causes of laser damage from q-switched and CW lasers operating in the visible, near-ultraviolet and near-infrared, and explores the fabrication and coating methodologies that help avoid damage.

Developing a more useful surface quality metric for laser optics (Photonics West, Jan., 2011)

This paper reviews the limitations of traditional surface quality inspection techniques, and explores the use of a quantitative inspection method based on a microscope, calibrated lighting, a CCD detector and image processing software.

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