Windows and wedges

Solaris Optics manufactures custom windows and wedges in its Polish facilities.

Windows and wedges are elements from the group of plane optical elements. Beam is reflected or goes through such elements instead of being converged of diverged, as by lenses.

Optical windows are used mainly for protection of optical systems against dust and damage. They are also used in optics for separation of different environments, e.g. vacuum and non-vacuum. Specification for windows is the same as for plane parallel plates. Surfaces of the windows, which are used with non-polarized light, can be coated with suitable antireflection coatings to decrease reflection losses.

Optical wedges are used in optical systems as beam steering elements. Wedges often find applications as compensators, because by rotating them slightly it is possible to easily change the optical path lengths. It is possible in all the cases when only one optical surface should operate, whereas reflection from the second one is not desired.

Both – windows and wedges are usually made of typical optical materials such as BK7 or fused silica. On request we can also coat elements with required thin film coatings such as AR, which actually is the most often used.

We manufacture bespoke windows and wedges, including e.g.

Do not hesitate to contact us if questions regarding optical windows or wedges!

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