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Infrared(IR) Lens / Windows

  • What is Infrared(IR) Lens?
    Infrared lenses are lenses designed to function in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Which type of Infrared(IR) Lens SZLaser fabricate?
    Germanium(Ge), Zinc Selenide (ZnSe), Silicon, Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), Calcium fluoride (CaF₂), BaF₂
  • What is the use of Infrared(IR) Lens?
    It is ideal for IR applications and thermal imaging systems.
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Infrared Windows / Lenses
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Material Performance
Application 
Ge Windows / Lenses
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  • High transmittance at 2~12um
  • High refractive index (4.0026@11um)
  • Thermal imager
  • Infrared temperature instrument
  • Long pass filter (for wavelengths greater than 2 µm)
  • Night sight
  • Armament
  • Space satellite
ZnSe Windows / Lenses
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  • Wide transmission wavelengths from visible to infrared(600nm~16 µm)
  • Refractive index (2.4 at 10.6um)
  • Thermal imager
  • Infrared temperature instrument
  • FLIR
  • Night sight
  • High power CO2 laser window
  • Space satellite
  • Medical System
Silicon Windows / Lenses
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  • High transmittance at 1.2~8um
  • High refractive index (3.4 at 3~5um)
  • Thermal imager
  • Infrared temperature instrument
  • Long pass filter (for wavelengths greater than 2 µm)
  • Night sight
  • Laser mirror
  • Armament
  • Space satellite
CaF₂ Windows/Lenses
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  • high transmission from the ultraviolet (180nm) to the infrared (8μm)
  • Thermal imager
  • Specroscopic
  • Mirror substrates for UV laser system
  • Substrate for manufacturing windows
  • Lenses for UV, IR applications
MgF₂ Crystal
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  • Wavelength from 110nm to 7.5μm
  • Refractive Index No=1.37608; Ne=1.38771 (at 0.7μm)
  • high-powered laser
  • Space
  • And other UV applications

There are much fewer IR glasses than visible glasses.
       •     Refractive indices for IR glasses much higher.
– Visible: n = 1.45 – 2.0
– IR: n = 1.38 – 4.0
       •    Dispersion is often much lower for IR glasses.
–Visible: ν = 20 – 80
– IR: ν = 20 – 1000
  • Many IR glasses are opaque in the visible.
  • Most visible glasses are opaque in the IR.
  • IR glasses have significantly higher dn/dT values (x10 or more) – athermalizing difficult.
wdt_ID Material Refractive Index@4μm Refractive Index@10μm CTE (ppm/K) dn/dT (ppm/K) Knoop Hardness (g/mm²) Spectral Range

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