Jenoptik provides integrated microoptical and assembly solutions perfect for the near to long wave infrared region. Refractive and diffractive microoptics can be manufactured using gray scale technology in a variety of materials. The use of materials such as Gallium Arsenide, Germanium, Zinc Sulfide, Zinc Selenide or Sapphire makes it possible to reduce the optics size and weight and increase performance.
The near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum, covering a range of wavelength from 700 nanometers to 3 microns, lies just beyond the sensitivity of the eye. Applications like fiber optics in telecommunication uses wavelengths in this region to achieve both high transmission and a relative low dispersion making it possible to communicate over longer distances. This region is becoming important for some surgical procedures and material processing in the biomedical and industrial markets.
The mid and long wave infrared regions, covering a range of wavelengths from 3 to 14 microns, have become very important for military applications. At this region it is possible to obtain sharp images on both close and distant objects used for military surveillance and sighting. Thermal imaging capabilities are also being used for medical diagnosis and industrial monitoring.