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Concave Spherical Mirrors for Schlieren Imaging

Concave Spherical Mirrors for Schlieren Imaging

Product News Tuesday, March 23, 2021: Optical Surfaces Ltd.

Drawing upon its uniquely stable manufacturing environment - Optical Surfaces Ltd. routinely produces the highest quality concave spherical mirrors for Schlieren Imaging systems in a range of materials including fused silica, Zerodur and ClearCeram.
Over the years – the company has produced concave spherical mirrors for Schlieren imaging applications looking at airflow turbulence, explosive shockwaves, gas leaks and visualisation of transparent thermal phenomena. The skilled optical craftsmen at Optical Surfaces are experienced in producing concave spherical mirrors (up to 800mm in diameter) with surface accuracy of better than lambda/10 with particular emphasis on smoothness of the profile. Ultra high precision surface finish and durable optical coatings combine to provide superior Schlieren image quality. Research and industrial groups acknowledge Schlieren imaging to be the preferred technique for visualising density variations in transparent media.  In a typical Schlieren imaging set-up, a source directs light onto a long radius concave spherical mirror, which collimates the light and redirects it onto a second identical mirror. The resultant image may be captured by an imaging camera or on a screen. For further information on ultra-high precision mirrors optimised for Schlieren imaging please visit or contact Optical Surfaces Ltd. on +44-208-668-6126 / Optical Surfaces Ltd. has been producing optical components and systems for leading academic and industrial research groups for more than 50 years. The company’s ISO 9001-2015 approved manufacturing workshops and test facilities are deep underground in a series of tunnels excavated in solid chalk where temperature remains constant and vibration is practically non-existent. With such stable conditions testing, particularly with long path lengths, becomes quantifiable and reliable. Working with these natural advantages is a highly skilled team of craftsmen with a commitment to excellence in both product quality and customer service.
Image Caption:  Concave spherical mirror for Schlieren imaging (courtesy: Optical Surfaces Ltd.)
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