Damage Testing Lets Edmund OpticsŪ Guarantee and Improve LIDT Specifications
Edmund OpticsŪ, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of optical components, has constructed an in-house laser damage testing lab to verify that laser optics will function as intended in customers' laser applications. This internal testing allows Edmund Optics to provide guaranteed laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) specifications and fine tune processes to manufacture higher-LIDT optics.
The LIDT lab features a high-power Nd:YAG laser with the options to test optical components at wavelengths of 1064nm, 532nm, 355nm, and 266nm for nanosecond pulse durations. Future investments in additional pulse durations and wavelengths are planned. The lab is run by Dr. Matthew Dabney, a Principal Laser Engineer at Edmund Optics. Dr. Dabney has over 30 years of experience researching how lasers interact with different materials. He is the author of over 30 published papers on topics including pulsed laser deposition of novel transparent conducting oxides, laser nucleation and growth of silicon, the safe use of Class 4 lasers in industrial settings, and developing a robust LIDT testbed.
This in-house testing enhances Edmund Optics' internal manufacturing and coating of laser optics. In addition to testing products, the LIDT lab is playing a role in updating ISO 21254, the international standard for laser-induced damage specification. More details on the development of the LIDT testbed can be found in a recorded webinar by Dr. Matthew Dabney. For additional information on Edmund Optics' laser optics capabilities, visit www.edmundoptics.com/LO.
About Edmund Optics:
Edmund OpticsŪ is a leading global supplier of optics, imaging, and photonics technology that has served a variety of markets including Life Sciences, Biomedical, Industrial Inspection, Semiconductor, R&D, and Defense since 1942. The company designs and manufactures a wide array of optical components, multi-element lenses, imaging systems, and optomechanical equipment, while supporting OEM applications with volume production of stock and custom products. Operating in more than a dozen major facilities around the globe, Edmund Optics employs just over 1,100 employees and continues to expand. Customers can purchase items by calling 1-800-363-1992, via the catalog, or on the website at www.edmundoptics.com.