Frequently Asked Questions

A cylindrical lens is an optical lens that focuses light onto a line instead of a point, compressing the image in the direction perpendicular to the line and leaving it unaltered in the direction parallel to it.

Photonchina's cylindrical lens has top-level surface quality, irregularity, and dimension tolerance. It also provides high precision, special shapes, and specifications designed by customers.

Cylindrical lenses are used to correct the output from diode lasers, to produce a round beam from the diode's elliptical output. They are also applied in optical systems to correct the shape of laser beams, change image aspect ratios, and illuminate in the shape of a line source.

The manufacturing limits for Photonchina are represented by a general list of soft limits and are intended for reference only. As requirements move closer to a min or max shown, fabrication becomes more difficult. Certain combinations are attainable, with extra significant fixturing costs, e.g. crossed axis cylinders, cylinders/spheres. Aperture coverage is often limited by the range of diffractive nulls available.

Photonchina's cylindrical lens has a diameter tolerance of +/-0.100 mm, central thickness tolerance of +/-0.150 mm, and radius tolerance of +/-1.0%. It also has surface quality of 60-40, irregularity of 1/4 Lambda, and centration of +/-8 arc min.

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