The central R&D department is an independent division at LASER COMPONENTS. We have access to vastly different technologies, the combination of which can lead to novel products and also business fields.
We can take over an entire R&D project for our customers with our team. Inquire with us about it!
Assembly technology is one of our core competencies. To produce different detectors in the wavelength range between 210 nm and 100 µm, we primarily use the following materials:
- InGaAs + extended InGaAs
For the emitters, however, the following is used:
High-Power Laser Optics
Mirrors, retardation plates, and polarizers: These products often have identical substrates – the difference lies in the coatings. Thin layers of solid substances are applied to the glass body; these layers often change the characteristics of the final product – mostly due to the interference effects. Depending on the coatings, sometimes two and sometimes more than one hundred layers are applied on top of each other. Depending on the material, the layer thicknesses are between 31 nm and 400 nm.
The art of creating optimal laser optics lies in the combination of different layer thicknesses and materials with different refraction indices. Calculations that are more or less easy to carry out in theory sometimes lead to unforeseen challenges in practice because there is one thing that a coating is definitely not allowed to do: it is not allowed to chip when the laser beam hits at the predetermined power.
We make this aspect easy for our customers to deal with: We simply have to know the intended use of the laser optics and the desired size, and then we decide on the coating composition and process. All standard technologies are available for this purpose.
Optical Coatings on Other Materials
Even though high-power laser optics constitutes a large majority of our coatings, we also coat other products. This includes, for example:
- Coatings for heat-sensitive materials
such as, for example, plastic optics or grin lenses
- Facet coatings
These are applied, in particular, to optical fibers
- Coatings for semiconductors
We also process semiconductors
The development of optoelectronic technologies requires cross-disciplinary knowledge: we are competent and bundle knowledge from the areas of mechanics, optics, and electronics to complete complex tasks in a short amount of time.
Opto-electronic components such as laser diodes or photodiodes demand a lot out of control electronics. Small deviations in opto-electronics result in the need for an adjustment when choosing an electronic component to be a deciding component in the success or failure of the entire system. Experience and expertise in this area are necessary to coordinate both components optimally with each other. Important factors such as the noise of a detector or the life expectancy of a laser depend significantly on the quality of the electronic circuit.
In the past few years, we have made a number of electronic developments that have either been accepted into the program as component accessories or produced exclusively for customers as an OEM component. We have made these developments both of our own initiative and together with customers. Do not hesitate to let us know what you have in mind and what your needs are and our specialists will be more than happy to advise you as to the particulars.
SM, PM, and MM assemblies: We combine different materials and connectors and manufacture at the highest level of quality. To produce fiber optics for use in medical technology, we have a cleanroom that meets the ISO requirements for class 7 at our disposal.