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Common Illumination Types

Not sure which type of illumination you should use for your system? Learn more about the pros and cons of different illumination types at Edmund Optics.

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Advantages of Using Beam Expanders

Learn more about the advantages of using beam expanders in laser optics applications, with examples on spot size and beam size, at Edmund Optics.

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The Benefits of Color-Corrected Optical Lenses

Color-corrected optical lenses are ideal for many applications because they reduce multiple aberrations. Learn more about the advantages at Edmund Optics.

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Advantages of Using Meniscus Lenses in Infrared Applications

Meniscus lenses offer superior performance compared to plano convex lenses in IR applications. Find out the benefits of using a meniscus lens at Edmund Optics.

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Effects of Laser Mirror Surface Flatness

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Wavelength Effects on Performance

Wavelengths can be both valuable or hazardous when trying to obtain information from an imaging system. Learn more about fixing wavelength issues at Edmund Optics.

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From Lens to Sensor: Limitations on Collecting Information

Trying to understand how much information you can obtain from a lens and sensor? Learn more about the limitations of collecting data at Edmund Optics.

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Sensor Performance and Limitations

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Beam Expander Testing

Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors are used to test the transmitted wavefront error of laser beam expanders, predicting the real-world performance of the beam expander.

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The Airy Disk and Diffraction Limit

The diffraction pattern caused when light passes through an aperture is called the Airy Disk. Find out how the Airy Disk can impact your image at Edmund Optics.

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Lens Geometry Performance Comparison

This comparison of the performance of aspheric, achromatic, and spherical PCX lenses in different situations reveals the ideal use cases for each type of lens.

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Key Parameters of a Laser System

Learn the key parameters that must be considered to ensure you laser application is successful. Common terminology will be established for these parameters.

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MTF Curves and Lens Performance

Explore the differences in the performance of imaging lenses by directly comparing the associated modulation transfer function (MTF) curves.

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Understanding White Diffusing Glass

Learn more about White Diffusing Glass, which reduces the scattering of light and homogenizes the light source, at Edmund Optics.

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Comparison of Optical Aberrations

Trying to understand optical aberrations? Check out how to identify aberrations and view examples at Edmund Optics.

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Laser Beam Expanders

Laser beam expanders are critical for reducing power density, minimizing beam diameter at a distance, and minimizing focused laser spot size.

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Integration of Optical Systems

Are you looking to use integration in your next system? Find out more about integrating in both imaging and non-imaging applications at Edmund Optics.

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Shape Factor Influence in Aspheric Lens Design

Learn how the shape factor of an aspheric lens effects its performance and when certain shape factors are the most advantageous.

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Why Laser Damage Testing is Critical for UV Laser Applications

Laser Induced Damage Threshold describes the maximum quantity of laser radiation an optic can take before damaging. Learn more at Edmund Optics.

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Chromatic and Monochromatic Optical Aberrations

Are you looking to design or correct the optical aberation for a system? Learn more about chromatic and monochromatic optical aberations at Edmund Optics.

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Best Practices for Better Imaging

Do you use imaging systems constantly in your professional field? Learn top tips for improving your imaging system and practices at Edmund Optics.

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Fundamentals of Lasers

Lasers can be used for a variety of applications. Learn how lasers work, different elements, and the differences between laser types at Edmund Optics.

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Anamorphic Prism Pairs

Anamorphic prism pairs circularize elliptical laser beams, which results in smaller focused spot sizes.

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Introduction to Reflective Objectives

Reflective objectives use mirrors to focus light or form an image. Learn more about the different types and benefits of reflective objectives at Edmund Optics.

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Design vs. Manufacturing

“How will this lens perform?” It may sound like a simple question, but the answer can be complicated.

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Beam Quality and Strehl Ratio

There are several metrics used to describe the quality of a laser beam including the M2 factor, the beam parameter product, and power in the bucket

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Machine Vision Filter Technology

While working with machine vision, there are different types of filters that can be used to alter the image. Find out about the different types at Edmund Optics.

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Gaussian Beam Propagation

Many lasers are assumed to have a Gaussian profile, and understanding Gaussian beam propagation is crucial for predicting real-world performance of lasers.

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Simplifying Laser Alignment

Many challenges can arise when aligning a laser beam; knowing specific tips and tricks can help simplify the process. Learn more at Edmund Optics.

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Multiphoton Microscopy

Multiphoton microscopy is ideal for capturing high-resolution 3D images with reduced photobleaching and phototoxicity compared to confocal microscopy.

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