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April 19, 2011, Barrington, NJ USA — Edmund Optics® (EO), the premier provider of optical components, introduces its new TECHSPEC® Achromatic Cylinder Lenses. Although these new TECHSPEC Achromatic Cylinder Lenses are similar to a standard cylinder lens in design and function, they have the extra benefit of reducing the spherical and chromatic aberration at the image plane, for greatly improved image quality.
Create line profiles of broadband light sources
When TECHSPEC Achromatic Cylinder Lenses are used with a monochromatic light source, such as a laser diode, these versatile lenses will create a spot 50 – 90% smaller than standard cylinder lenses, depending on the NA of the lens used. When used with a broadband light source, TECHSPEC Achromatic Cylinder Lenses will minimize chromatic aberration, resulting in focused lines with less color separation, and the production of brilliant anamorphic images.
Magnification in only one direction
TECHSPEC Achromatic Cylinder Lenses are positive cylindrical lenses ideally suited for any application that requires magnification in only one dimension. Unlike spherical lenses, cylindrical lenses focus incident light only in a single dimension. This feature is useful for a wide variety of applications including line generation with laser diodes or focusing a diverging beam onto a linear detector array.
Doublet lenses offer advantages over singlet lenses
TECHSPEC Achromatic Cylinder Lenses offer numerous advantages over a comparable diameter and focal length singlet lens. An achromatic cylinder lens is a type of doublet lens made up of a positive low-index "crown" element cemented to a negative high-index "flint" element that are designed to work together to reduce spherical and chromatic aberrations. Using a doublet design gives the user additional design freedom and allows for further performance optimization. Available in 12.5 mm diameter with focal lengths of 25 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm and 100 mm, TECHSPEC Achromatic Cylinder Lenses are in-stock and available for immediate delivery for fast turnaround and excellent value.
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