High-performance optical systems

Paul Boughton

Optical systems for high temperature applications need to be carefully designed to ensure performance is maintained at the application operating temperature. When materials heat up there is expansion.  

The rate of expansion differs depending on material types. To avoid the optical system going out of focus as it reaches operating temperatures.  

Temperature also affects the refractive index of materials so this needs to be taken into account as well.

Resolve Optics offers a design and manufacture service for organisations looking for top quality, high performance lenses able to reliably undertake sensing, detection and measurement applications at high temperature.

The company has considerable experience of developing optical systems that will operate up to 950°C without the need for cooling. Lenses capable of operating at such high temperatures, without degradation, have made it possible to remotely inspect the inside of an operating furnace/boiler and non-invasively analyse high temperature processes including incineration, recycling, smelting and chemical manufacturing.

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