PolymerPlus nanolayered polymer GRIN optics have demonstrated a capability to reduce Vis-SWIR optical system mass/volume by replacing glass or homogenous plastic optic(s) and reducing the required optical element count. These elements are available in low rate quantities for custom optical applications/system integration.
These advances were enabled by leveraging:
- Activating subsurface lens material optical power (focus & chromatic correction) through adding gradient index profiles
- Increased design freedom (design to variable RI profile shape/magnitude – axial, spherical, “radial”)
- Flexible manufacturing technology capable of achieving a wide variety of GRIN profiles & final lens diameter/geometry
Unlimited Axial, Spherical, or Aspheric Refractive Index Profiles
Optic Fabrication and Custom Design Services
Redesigned drop-in placement for a PVS-14 NVG eyepiece was 24% lighter than commercial product with comparable optical performance:
GRIN Product with 3.5X volume reduction and 7.5X weight reduction over commercial system.