Reference Information

Engineering and technical resources to aid in the development, design and manufacturing of precision optical systems and lens assemblies.

Glossary of Terms

View glossary for definition of technical terms related to precision optics and lens assemblies. View glossary>

Articles

How to Save Time (and Money) When Specifying Optical Glass

A small effort at the design stage will pay big dividends throughout the life or your product or program. Learn More>

Understanding Tradeoffs in Lens Performance

Technical article that first appeared in Quality magazine discusses the temptation when choosing a lens for a machine vision system to want more of everything—resolution, field of view, temperature range—because the system is only as good as its lens. Learn More>

Case Studies

Going Beyond the Quote

Optical design team discovered that biometrics client requested a lens that was not the best match for its new product design. View Case Study>

Innovation In Manufacturing

Defense contractor was not able to find a vendor that could consistently manufacture a critical mirror component. View Case Study>

Design Hits New Performance Heights

An international aerial imaging company needed a new lens assembly concept that required design and fabrication expertise. View Case Study>

Taking The Lead

Global scanning solutions provider discovered a problem after moving a product from the design phase into prototype development. View Case Study>

Troubleshooting a Challenging Performance Issue

Manufacturing a high volumes, customer-designed, precision optical assembly for an FDA-regulated medical device. View Case Study>

Technical Notes

Common Symbols and Abbreviations

Technical reference information on common optical system symbols and abbreviations. Learn More>

Manufacturing Tolerances

Technical note discusses manufacturing tolerances. Once a satisfactory design has been achieved, the goal is to successfully fabricate optical elements. Learn More>

Index of Refraction

Technical note on index of refraction and how if affects system behavior and performance. Learn More>

Third-Order Seidel Aberrations

Technical note on how Third-Order Seidel Aberrations affect optical system performance. Learn More>

Theories & Formulas

Technical note, theories and formulas on fundamental properties within an optical system. Learn More>

Positive & Negative Components

Technical note discusses two types of optical components that can be defined in terms of their effect on an incident-light beam. Learn More>

Modulation Transfer Function

Technical note discusses optical system properties quantified by the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF). Learn More>

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