Large Optical Windows for Military Sensing Applications

Optical Surfaces Ltd is an established manufacturer and supplier of large-area windows of optical quality for military sensing applications.

A large diameter optical window being quality tested. Image Credit: Optical Surfaces Ltd

Optical windows are a critical component in a variety of defence applications including aerial surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting. For over 50 years – Optical Surfaces Ltd has been working with materials including fused silica, BK-7 and Germanium to produce defence grade windows up to 600 mm in diameter.

Typically, large diameter optical windows for defence applications are used to provide environmental protection for sensitive internal sensing systems. To transmit light with minimal disruption, these large diameter optical windows must exhibit low surface roughness, minimal transmitted wavefront errors, and high transmission at the desired operational wavelength range.

Benefiting from an ultra-stable production environment and proprietary polishing techniques – Optical Surfaces Ltd. can routinely produce large diameter optical windows with typical wavefront error of up to lambda/20 p-v, surface roughness of less than 10 Å rms and surface finish of 40/20 to 10/5 scratch / dig.

Dr Aris Kouris – Sales Director of Optical Surfaces Ltd commented “To enable us to quality test large diameter optical windows – we developed a 600 mm Fizeau interferometer. This is a capability that only a few optical testing and manufacturing centres around the world possess. Housed in an ultra-stable testing environment, this interferometric set-up allows direct qualification of large diameter optical windows by testing them directly over their complete aperture without the need to use time-consuming combination methods”.

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