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The short pulse durations of ultrafast lasers lead to broad wavelength bandwidths, making ultrafast systems especially susceptible to dispersion and pulse broadening.
The short pulse durations of ultrafast lasers make them interact with optical components differently, impacting the optic’s laser damage threshold.
Master the fundamentals of ultrafast lasers and how to choose optics that can withstand their high powers and short pulse durations.
Understanding the most commonly used laser optics materials will allow for easy navigation of EO’s wide selection of laser optics components.
An understanding of refraction and basic ray optics is a critical foundation for understanding more complicated optical concepts and technologies.
Learn the basics of telescope theory and how to construct different types of telescopes.
Overspecifying optical losses in laser systems will not further improve your performance or reliability, but it could cost you additional money and/or time.
UV Lenses require extremely tight tolerances and novel materials such as sapphire. Learn more at Edmund Optics.
Advances in laser technology have made it possible to produce pulses ranging from a few femtoseconds to tens of attoseconds. Learn more at Edmund Optics.
Understanding the polarization of laser light is critical for many applications, as polarization impacts reflectance, focusing the beam, and other key behaviors.
Metrology is critical for ensuring that optical components consistently meet their desired specifications, especially in laser applications.
Superpolished optics with ultra-low surface roughness minimize scatter in optical systems, which is critical in sensitive laser applications.
Looking for the best way to clean optics? Learn more about the different cleaning products and methods, along with tips to handle optics at Edmund Optics.
Light is absorbed in optical media through several methods including exciting electrons to higher energy states and converting to thermal energy
Have a question about adaptive optics or deformable mirrors? Learn more on understanding wavefronts, adaptive optics theory, and more at Edmund Optics.
Ultrafast highly-dispersive mirrors are critical for pulse compression and dispersion compensation in ultrafast laser applications, improving system performance.
With over 65 optical glass types readily available at manufacturing sites, EO enables quick prototyping. View the full list of glass types at Edmund Optics.
Understanding group delay dispersion (GDD) is critical for knowing how ultrafast laser pulses will be stretched or compressed.
Looking for application examples? Find examples for Detector Systems, Selecting the Right Lens, and Building a Projection System at Edmund Optics.
Have a time or budget restraint? Check out these tips and advantages for designing applications with standard, off-the-shelf optics at Edmund Optics.
Have a question about theoretical foundations? Find out more about the electromagnetic spectrum, interference, reflection, and more at Edmund Optics.
Are standard beam expanders not meeting your application requirements? Learn how to design your own beam expander using stock optics at Edmund Optics.
Do you use ray tracing on a regular basis? Learn more about the calculations aspect, along with steps and software at Edmund Optics.
Not all optical components are tested for laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) and testing methods differ, resulting in different types of LIDT specifications.
Multiphoton microscopy is ideal for capturing high-resolution 3D images with reduced photobleaching and phototoxicity compared to confocal microscopy.
The Off-Axis Parabolic Mirror Selection (OAP) Guide refines your search for an OAP mirror from Edmund Optics.
Surface roughness describes how a shape deviates from its ideal form. This is critical for controlling light scatter in laser devices and other optical systems.
Laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of optics is a statistical value influenced by defect density, the testing method, and fluctuations in the laser.
Understanding the most common laser sources, modes of operation, and gain media provides the context for selecting the proper laser for your specific application.
The diameter of a laser highly affects an optic’s laser induced damage (LIDT) as beam diameter directly impacts the probability of laser damage.
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