Cut-ball Lenses

Ball lenses in their full sphere form have a long tradition of manufacture and use. However, from the parent ball lens, it is possible to derive other child lens types that can have an even more widespread use. 


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Ball lenses in their full sphere form have a long tradition of manufacture and use. However, from the parent ball lens, it is possible to derive other child lens types that can have an even more widespread use. If one side of the sphere is flattened and polished, we can obtain general plano-convex, half ball or aplanatic lenses depending on the lens thickness. Instead of reducing the equatorial diameter of the sphere as in the case of drum ball lenses, the ball lens diameter can be also be cut in rectangular fashion. Such lenses are called Cut-ball lenses and their code generator uses the following parameters:


To generate the code for your product, use the code generator below. Once created, copy the code in an email and send it at sales@doriclenses.com to request a quote.
The feasibility of the selected configuration is to be confirmed by Sales department.

ORDERING CODE: CBA_Glass_D_h_w_t_S1(λ1- λ2)_S2(λ1- λ2)

Glass - Optical material,

D - starting ball diameter in mm,

h - lens height (<=D) in mm,

w - lens width (<=D) in mm,

t - optical thickness (<=D) in mm,

S1(λ1- λ2) - coating and wavelength range specification on surface 1,

S2(λ1- λ2) - coating and wavelength range specification on surface 2,


S1 and S2 are reserved for the lens coating specification code. The most common examples are provided in Preferred Coating Table. AR means Anti-reflective coating. Unless otherwise specified, R<0.5% across usable numerical aperture of the lens and within appropriate spectral range.


The Effective focal length (EFL) and Working distance (WD) of these lenses are dependent on the selected wavelength, glass material, starting ball diameter, central thickness and can be easily calculated.

For the full ball EFL= n x D / 4 x (n-1) and WD= EFL x (2-n) / n
where n is the index of refraction of the selected glass and wavelength.


The thickness of the hemispherical lens is D/2.
The thickness of the aplanatic lens derived from a ball is D/2+D/2n.





CUSTOM CODE GENERATOR
Glass (see table):
Starting ball diameter - D (mm):
Lens height - h (mm):
Lens width - w (mm):
Thickness - t (mm):
S1 coating (see table):
S2 coating (see table):
ORDERING CODE:
CBA_Glass_D_h_w_t_S1(λ1- λ2)_S2(λ1- λ2)
Preferred starting ball diameters (mm)
1.003.007.00
1.253.508.00
1.504.009.00
2.005.0010.00
2.506.0012.50
Preferred Glasses
N-BK7
FS (Fused Silica)
UV-FS (UV Fused Silica)
N-LASF9
Sapphire
Silicon
S-TIH53
Preferred Coating (λ1λ2 (nm))
AR(750-1100)AR(980)
NC = No coating
IN-STOCK CUT-BALL LENSES
Ordering CodeGlassStarting Ball Diameter (mm)Lens Height (mm)Lens Width (mm)Thickness (mm)S1 Coating (λ1λ2 (nm))S2 Coating (λ1 - λ2 (nm))
CBA_N-LASF9_2.00_1.70_1.70_1.40_AR(1480-1580)_AR(1480-1580)N-LASF92.001.701.701.40AR(1480-1580)AR(1480-1580)