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Umicore offers new solutions for high volume production of infrared optical system
Author(s): S. Dervaux; Y. Guimond; J. Franks; Y. Bellec; A. Bourget
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Paper Abstract

During many years high volume commercial applications of infrared optics have been slowed down by several cost factors. The development of focal plan arrays and uncooled detectors has allowed to greatly reduce the cost of infrared detectors. In the meantime, Umicore IR Glass has developed an industrial process to manufacture low cost chalcogenide glasses with well controlled properties. These glasses called GASIR 1 and GASIR 2 are transparent in the NEAR and FAR infrared atmospheric windows and are mouldable into high quality finished spherical, aspherical and diffractive lenses. The moulding process allows high volume production of cost effective infrared optics. After the development of several optics in GASIR for medium volume series, Umicore is opening the first high volume factory entirely dedicated to GASIR optics for driving vision enhancement (DVE). This new facility will have a capacity of several tens of thousands of optics per year.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5987, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications II, 59870G (11 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.629886
Show Author Affiliations
S. Dervaux, Umicore IR Glass (France)
Y. Guimond, Umicore IR Glass (France)
J. Franks, Umicore Coating Services (United Kingdom)
Y. Bellec, Umicore IR Glass (France)
A. Bourget, Umicore IR Glass (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5987:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications II
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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