China Custom Optics – Lenses


Introduction of Lenses

Aspheric lenses have had a significant impact on the field of optics by offering improved optical performance through the correction of spherical aberrations. This comprehensive guide explores the world of aspheric lenses, including both glass and plastic variants, highlighting their advantages, manufacturing methods, specifications, and applications. Whether you are a photographer utilizing camera lenses, a scientist, or an engineer, a solid understanding of aspheric lenses and the optical axis is crucial for optimizing optical systems.

Aspheric lenses are specifically designed to control the distance from the optical axis, ensuring a constant focal length while minimizing aberrations. This makes them highly suitable for various applications such as photography, astronomy, eyewear, and more. By incorporating aspheric lenses into optical systems, it becomes possible to achieve higher resolution, improved light throughput, and enhanced image quality.

Lenses are the fundamental optical components that collect light from a source and refract it to create a usable image. They have a wide range of applications, ranging from simple light collection and laser beam scanning to precise imaging and image transfer.

MOK Optics have strong capability to produce vairous lenses including:

  • Plano-convex lense
  • Plano-concave lense
  • Biconvex lense / Double convex lense
  • Biconcave lense / Double concave lense
  • Meniscus lense
  • Achromatic lense / Doublet lense
  • Cylindrical lense
  • Rod lense
  • Powell lense
  • Aspherical lense

The material MOK Optics can process:

  • Optical glass – CDGM, SCHOTT, OHARA, HOYA
  • UV grade fused silica – JGS1, Corning 7980 etc.
  • IR grade fused silica – JGS3, Corning 7979 etc.
  • IR crystals – Germanium, Sapphire, MgF2, CaF2, ZnSe, ZnS etc.

What is Aspheric Lens?

An aspheric lens is a lens that deviates from a spherical surface profile, meaning it does not have a constant curvature across its entire surface. This distinctive design enables aspheric lenses to effectively correct spherical aberrations, leading to enhanced image quality and reduced optical aberrations.

In contrast to conventional spherical lenses, which maintain the same curvature across their surfaces, aspheric lenses exhibit a variable curvature that adheres to a specific mathematical equation. This equation determines the shape of the lens surface and facilitates precise aberration correction.

Advantages of Lenses

Spherical Aberration Correction: One of the primary benefits of aspheric lenses is their capacity to correct spherical aberration. Spherical aberration occurs when light rays passing through a spherical lens fail to converge at a single focal point, leading to blurry and distorted images. Aspheric lenses, with their non-spherical surface profile, can effectively address spherical aberration and generate sharper and clearer images across the entire field of view.

Compact and Lightweight Design: Aspheric lenses can replace multiple spherical lenses, reducing the number of optical elements required in an optical system. This compact design not only saves space but also decreases the weight of devices such as cameras and eyewear. The lightweight nature of aspheric lenses enhances user comfort and portability.

Improved Light Transmission: Aspheric lenses offer improved light transmission thanks to their optimized surface profile. This results in enhanced light throughput, enabling more light to reach the image sensor or retina. Improved light transmission enhances overall image brightness and quality, particularly in low-light conditions.

Disadvantages of Lenses

Sophisticated Manufacturing Process: Aspheric lenses necessitate more specialized manufacturing techniques in comparison to spherical lenses. The production process involves precise control over the lens surface profile, which can be challenging and time-consuming. This complexity often leads to higher production costs associated with aspheric lenses.

Surface Imperfections: Attaining a high surface quality in aspheric lenses can be more challenging than with spherical lenses. The non-spherical surface profile of aspheric lenses renders them more susceptible to surface irregularities, such as scratches and imperfections. Meticulous handling and stringent quality control measures are necessary to ensure optimal surface quality.

MOK Optics produce various of lenses, laser mirrors, laser optics for Tunable diode lasers. If you need laser optics for tunable diode lasers, welcome to contact us.