Materion Barr Precision Optics & Thin Film Coatings, a Materion Corporation (NYSE:MTRN) business, announces its new Large Area Optics (LAO) laboratory is now fully operational and offering a capability matched by few other facilities in the world. The Lab is able to manufacture precision, high-performance optical interference filters in sizes much larger than those previously available.
All components of the Lab were custom-designed and built to Materion performance specifications, including a large spectrophotometer. This piece of equipment joins the coating machine and substrate cleaning system in a new ISO 6/7 clean room. Materion is now able to meet the growing need in the astronomy community for much larger-sized coated optics which will be used in a new class of extremely large telescopes.
International Large Area Optics Lab Projects
During the 18-month period the LAO laboratory was under development, Materion had large optics work already underway. This included the successful management of large optics astronomy projects in five countries for use in telescopes located in Hawaii, Australia and Chile. Among the projects:
- Subaru Telescope Filters
- Anti-reflective (AR) Coatings on Large, Curved Optics
- Large H-alpha Filter