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LightMachinery Laser and Optics Library

KrF, ArF, XeCl Excimer lasers from GSI Lumonics for marking, drilling, material processing , Fiber Bragg Grating WritingThe internet is full of information but finding good solid information can be very difficult. We have collected information from our own staff of experts and also bookmarked information on the web that is reliable and we can use on a daily basis. Please let us know if you have any suggestions and enjoy our library.

Automation and Electronics Catalogs
LightMachinery Laser Data Sheets
Interferometers and Etalons
Optics Catalogs
Optical Materials
Optical Material Manufacturers
Organizations - Patents, Photonics, ISO
Photonics News - Journals and Trade Journals
Space and telescopes
White Papers - Laser Design, Optical Design, Laser Applications
Recommended Reading (books we like)

Automation, Electronics and Mechanical Parts Catalogs, Data Sheets

LightMachinery laser data sheets

Interferometers and Etalons

Optics Catalogs - order the catalogs!

Optical Materials - Data Sheets

Optical Material Manufacturers - Links to their websites

  • Corning - Information on the Corning products from polarcor to ULE
  • Dynasil - Information on Dynasil
  • Ohara - Information on the Ohara glasses including NEX, negative thermal expansion glass
  • Heraeus - Information on the Heraeus Amersil glasses including Herasil and Homosil
  • Norland - Cement
  • Schott Glass,- Information on Schott glasses from Erbium to Zerodur


  • Optical Society of America - OSA
  • SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
  • Optics.org - on-line photonics resource from Opto & Laser Europe
  • The ITU - International Telecommunication Union
  • The ICO -International Commission for Optics
  • The USAC-ICO -United States Advisory Committee for the International Commission for Optics
  • The OIDA - Optoelectronics Industry Development Association
  • EOSAM - European Optical Society
  • ISO - International Standards Organizaiton

Photonics News

Space and telescopes

White Papers - On Optical Design

Coming Soon

  • Lens Design - An introduction to some of the basics
  • Thin Films - Design guidelines and Rules of Thumb
  • TEA CO2 lasers - Wavelengths, Applications, Pulse Lengths
  • Excimer lasers - Wavelengths and Applications

Recommended Reading

  Elements of Modern Optical Design  - This is a very readable book by Don O'Shea on the basics of optical design including ray tracing, simple lens design and laser system design   Fundamentals of Photonics - This book by Saleh is often open on someone's desk.
  Modern Optical Engineering - Warren J Smith's classic on optical design   Thin Film Optical Filters - So you want to understand how to design coatings.... read on.
  Modern Lens Design: A Resource Manual - Warren J Smith focuses in on lens design.   Optical Shop Testing (Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics) - Everyone needs a good book on optical testing.
   Polarized Light (Optical Engineering) - It seems that polarization is always the key issue.   Handbook of Optics, Volume IV - This volume looks at fiber optics, nonlinear optics and communication systems, modulators, amplifiers and detectors. Only volumes IV and III seem to be available on Amazon
  Handbook of Optical Materials - It's all about the materials   Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory of Propogation, Interference and Diffraction of Light - Hard core physics from Born and Wolf
  Building Electro-Optical Systems: Making It All Work - Recommended by a visitor to our website this is a great practical guide to putting together a system   Photonics Rules of Thumb - Even the brightest and most capable optical engineer would be stymied without the use of practical principles of estimation.
  Opto-Mechanical Systems Design (Optical Engineering) - Most popular and authoritative source available on opto-mechanical systems design guidelines     Applied Optics and Optical Design - Fundamental concepts of geometrical and physical optics. "Indispensable" - Journal, Optical Society of America.

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