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January 21, 2003  

Semrock Announces Availability of the New MaxMirror


Rochester, NY - Semrock, a manufacturer of advanced optical coatings and filters, today announced the availability of its new MaxMirror™ for high-performance commercial optical systems and research laboratory use. The MaxMirror™ is the broadest bandwidth high-reflection laser mirror available on the market today. With this new all-dielectric mirror, reflectivity exceeding 99% for all polarizations is achieved over the wavelength range 350 - 1100 nm, for both 0 and 45 degree angles of incidence. High reflection is also achieved over all angles in the range 0 - 50 degrees. It is the only highly reflective laser mirror to cover the fundamental, second harmonic, and third harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser (1064, 532, and 355 nm). Traditionally, several different mirrors are needed to cover such a broad wavelength range.

The MaxMirror™ simplifies the choice of optics in applications that involve broadband white light, multiple laser wavelengths, and frequently reconfigured instruments and experimental setups. Until now, one had to settle for the lower reflection found in metal or dielectric-enhanced metal coatings to achieve such bandwidths. And unlike metal-based mirrors, the all-dielectric MaxMirror's™ low absorption means it is able to withstand the high intensities of continuous-wave and pulsed laser applications. Semrock's high optical-quality coatings also produce negligible scattering, thus simplifying the management of stray light in optical instruments and low-light-level experiments.

"One mirror really can do it all. This is a significant improvement for researchers and consumers looking for high-performance, cost-effective mirrors," said Dr. Victor Mizrahi, President and Chief Executive Officer of Semrock. "We utilized our unique design tools and manufacturing capabilities to develop a component that can really make a difference for a wide range of people and products."

 

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About Semrock
Semrock's advanced optical thin-film coatings and filters, including the BrightLine™ series of fluorescence filters, are setting a new standard for biomedical instrumentation applications. Semrock's innovative use of technology produces an unrivaled line of products that improve the performance of optical systems for a wide array of industries. Founded in September 2000, Semrock is based in Rochester, New York, a well-known center of optics, and has offices in Maryland and California. For additional information about Semrock and its products, visit the company website at www.semrock.com


Amanda Valek-MacDonald
Semrock, a Unit of IDEX Corporation
amacdonald@idexcorp.com
585-594-7003