Precision Fabrication

American Photonics' Bradenton, Florida facility was built in 2000 with extreme precision and production in mind. The plant houses the latest in CNC optical grinding and CNC optical polishing equipment. Whether it is flats, spherical curves, or aspheres you require, APC can produce them in prototype or production volumes to meet any demand.

APC's grinding department is capable of shaping parts to any customer specification, and can provide generated blanks on zinc selenide (ZnSe), multispectral zinc sulfide (ZnS MS), germanium (Ge), silicon (Si), and gallium arsenide (GaAs). Round, square and rectangles are precision shaped and are available from any material at any quantity.

APC's polishing department incorporates high volume CNC methods for both spherical curves and double sided flats, and also conventional polishing spindles for low volume and special sizes. The surface and optical quality produced by this department regularly exceed industry standards. Coupled with the high quality THIN FILM COATIGNS, APC can produce finished infrared optics to most customer specifications.

Typical Specifications produced at APC include:

  • Diameters: 9mm to 230mm
  • Thickness: 0.5mm to 50mm
  • Angles: down to 5 arc seconds
  • Parallelism: down to 2 arc seconds
  • Figure: to 1/10 wave

    Thin Film Coatings

    CO2 Coatings on ZnSe
    AR at 10.6μm
    AR at 10.6μm and 633 nm (HeNe)
    AR at 10.6μm and 650 nm (diode)
    Beam Combiner at 10.6μm & 633-650nm
    Beam Splitter (50%) at 10.6μm
    Partial Reflector at 10.6μm

    CO2 Coatings on Silicon
    00 Phase Shift Mirror at 10.6μm
    900 Phase Shift Mirror at 10.6μm
    Enhanced Silver at 10.6μm and VIS


    Infrared Coatings
    Infrared Coatings on Germanium
    Infrared Coatings on Zinc Selenide
    Infrared Coatings on Zinc Sulfide Multispectral
    Infrared Coatings on Gallium Arsenide
    Infrared Coatings on Silicon
    Reflective Coatings on Various Metals and Glass