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
Current and Upcoming Astronomy ProjectsMaterion is currently manufacturing a five filter set for microlensing science observation in the southern hemisphere which will be installed in Chile in 2014, but owned and managed by the Korean Astronomy Science Institute. In early 2014, Materion is expecting a number of challenging projects for the LAO Lab. Among them are telescope imager upgrades for current astronomy customers and coating work for new spectrograph instruments. Materion also has plans for developing and demonstrating other types of filters, including dichroic beamsplitters, enhanced mirrors and notch filters. For more information about our Large Area Optics Lab and Materion coating capabilities, contact Tom Mooney, Product Engineering Manager, Space & Astronomy, at: Thomas.Mooney@Materion.com Barr Precision Optics & Thin Film Coatings is a Materion Corporation business. Materion Corporation is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced enabling materials to global markets. Products include precious and non-precious metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems.