The pace of new x-ray imaging developments has recently intensified, thanks to improvements in the manufacturing quality and precision of our x-ray monochromators.
Examples of the most recent x-ray optics breakthroughs include:
- Stigmatic x-ray imaging with magnification.
- Log-spiral monochromators using Bragg reflection and transmission geometries as well as single-point-diamond-turned (SPDT) backings.
- New off-axis asphere monochromators that improve spatial resolution in exploding laser-fusion targets.
Thin film coatings have long been a key part of our optical manufacturing capabilities. Now, we’re taking those coatings to an entirely new level with the installation of a plasma assisted e-beam vacuum deposition system from Tecport Optics.
Some metal optics makers focus just on the plating and polishing operations, which may be a workable strategy for simple optics. Complex metal optics, however, have specifications that are difficult or impossible to meet without a vertically integrated manufacturing operation.
Precision metal optics perform an important duty in modern tank warfare. The electro-optic fire control systems that give tanks their ability to shoot on the move are built around precision metal mirrors. Our metal optics facility has a long history producing these mirrors to the military's exacting optical and mechanical standards, such as maintaining optical figure at temperature extremes and withstanding very high impact shocks to the assembly.