CYLINDRICAL OPTICS

Cylindrical Optics

IRD Glass specializes in the manufacture of custom cylindrical lenses. All our cylindrical optics are available in numerous substrate materials with optical coatings like high laser damage threshold or anti-reflection coatings that optimize performance throughout the UV visible and IR spectrums. Cylindrical lenses often must be custom-matched to the application, and our cell-based manufacturing process is ideally suited to produce and deliver your cylindrical lens in less time than competitors, while still offering competitive pricing.

We use custom centering equipment to locate the center of curvature and custom ripple-checking equipment to ensure form and flatness of curves. Our machining, polishing, and grinding capabilities produce radii less than 4mm to those greater than 125mm for:

CYLINDRICAL OPTICS

PLANO-CONVEX LENSES

Plano-Convex lenses are a specialty of IRD Glass. Sizes from micro-optic size to 6” diameter are regularly manufactured with tolerances of ± .0002”. Using proprietary lapping and polishing techniques, IRD can fabricate a wide array of convex cylindrical lenses. Plano-convex lenses are useful for illumination in line and slit detector arrays, laser projection, laser line focusing, and anamorphic beam shaping.

ROD LENSES

Rod lenses are another specialty of IRD Glass. diameters from .070 inches to .650 inches and up are regularly manufactured with tolerances of ± .001 inches. Using proprietary lapping and polishing techniques, IRD can fabricate a wide array of convex cylindrical rod lenses.

PLANO-CONCAVE LENSES

Plano-concave lenses expand light in one dimension only and are used for one-dimensional compression of images, laser line generation, and anamorphic beam shaping. Optical coatings are available for maximum performance in the Ultraviolet (UV), Visible, or Infrared (IR) spectrums.