WEB SITE LAUNCHED DEDICATED TO FABRY-PEROT PRODUCTS
Optical Systems Ltd is launching a new web site dedicated to our
Fabry-Perot etalon products. Visit the new web site by clicking here
or on the logo on the home page, or from the links page. Please let
us know what you think!
COLLIMATOR OPTICS DELIVERED
has taken delivery of a multi-element collimator lens assembly for
use on the Ultracam
instrument on the ESO/VLT
telescope. The lens system was manufactured at IC Optical Systems to
a design by Tully Peacock.
Model lenses, HI-1 and HI-2, made by IC Optical Systems Ltd for
contribution to STEREO have been delivered to Dr Chris Eyles. STEREO
includes an array of telescopes, all of which use
detector systems as well as a unique wide angle telescope system,
known as the Heliospheric Imager, which will actually view the
impact of the solar clouds on Earth. Quoted
at a recent
idea of using two spacecraft is a novel one, allowing two vantage
points to determine the 3-D nature of the Sun and of the clouds it
ejects into space' says Dr Eyles,' and the fact that this is a NASA
mission in which every imaging instrument uses UK detectors
underlines the quality of the UK technical skills in this area.'
COLLIMATOR LENSES DELIVERED
multi-element collimator and camera lenses, made by IC Optical
Systems Ltd for the Carnegie Institution and
have been delivered. “The LDSS collimator and camera optics
arrived safely at Las Campanas and we installed them in LDSS.
They're beautiful!” says Alan Uomoto of Carnegie. More details at
APERTURE ETALON FOR THE
IC Optical Systems Ltd is working on a 150mm
diameter clear aperture etalon, ET150, for the
. The etalon will be used in a tunable filter configuration.
for Contraves and AEOLUS
Contraves Space AG has ordered a suite of high
tolerance and high quality coated prisms from IC Optical Systems Ltd
for the Aladin Spectrometers which form part of the hardware for the
AEOLUS project due for completion in February 2008.
HI-1 and HI-2 lenses
Engineering Qualification Model lenses for HI-1 and HI-2 made by IC
Optical Systems Ltd for
have recently passed thermal vacuum and vibration testing with no
apparent degradation in performance. Flight model assembly will
begin at the earliest possible opportunity.
Newton Group – William Herschel Telescope lens system
Work on the William Herschel Telescope Slit
View Focal Reducer lens system, ordered from IC Optical Systems Ltd,
by the Isaac Newton Telescope Group is well under way with all the
lenses polished and awaiting coating. The lens system is due for
CAMERA AND COLLIMATOR LENS SYSTEMS
IC Optical Systems Ltd has
been polishing lens elements for the Camera and Collimator lens
systems ordered by the Carnegie Institution in collaboration with
. These lens systems are an upgrade to Low Dispersion Survey
Spectrograph or LDSS-2. This instrument excels at obtaining spectra
of large numbers of faint objects.
150MM APERTURE ETALON FOR RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SALT PROJECT
IC Optical Systems Ltd
has received an order for an additional 150mm aperture etalon from
Prof Ted Williams. This brings the total of ET150 etalons to three.
In addition to the etalons two CS100 controllers are being supplied
for the project. These controllers use capacitance micrometry and
piezo actuators to set and maintain the etalon plate spacing and
CHUCK DELIVERED TO EXITECH LTD
IC Optical Systems Ltd have
recently delivered to Exitech Ltd a state of the art
Zerodur Stepper Chuck. The chuck, which was polished to have very
surfaces and very precise angle tolerances, will be used in
Microstepper for DUV Lithography. For more details visit www.exitech.co.uk.
RECEIVES ORDER FOR LARGE APERTURE ETALONS
Ted Williams, of Rutgers University, has placed an order with IC
Optical Systems Ltd for very large aperture etalons and controllers
For the Prime Focus Imaging Spectrograph of the SALT
SALT project is a multinational collaboration to build a large
telescope in South Africa similar to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
already in existence in West Texas. The project requires two 150mm
aperture etalons and controllers.
these etalons is a demanding task. Apart from the usual very flat
surfaces the application requires a broad wavelength range and
cavity spacings of very much less than 100microns.
is excellent news for IC Optical Systems Ltd as the order is worth
in excess of $300,000. Delivery is expected around the end of the
More information can be found at www.physics.rutgers.edu/ast/group-ast.html
15 October 2001
OPTICAL SYSTEMS COMPLETES MBO
management of IC Optical Systems has successfully completed a
buy-out from former parent company JDS Uniphase on 15 October 2001.
management buy-out, led by Managing Director and founder, Terry
Dines, was made possible by the global re-alignment program
initiated by JDS in May 2001.
MBO is good for IC Optical Systems because it gives us the freedom
to concentrate on our core customers once again,' says Terry Dines.
'The original management is once again in place and is strengthened
by the technical expertise of Chris Pietraszewski in the area of
Fabry-Perot interferometry. We see a bright future for our small
company in the bespoke optics markets that we have traditionally
Pietraszewski, director and co-owner, has come from the former SDL
Queensgate with the ET Series Fabry-Perot etalons and the CS100
controllers. ‘We will be manufacturing the ET Series etalon and
CS100 product lines at ICOS’ says Chris, ‘concentrating the
manufacturing and sales of these etalons on one site is good for the
product, good for ICOS and above all good for our customers’
The small team of people will continue at the current
site for the foreseeable future to make state of the art optical
components for a wide variety of demanding applications.