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Omega Optical Expands IR Coatings Capabilities by Acquiring Rugate Technologies

Published on 2016-07-18. Author : SpecialChem

BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT -- Omega Optical has announced the recent acquisition of Rugate Technologies, Inc., a research and development company focused on the design, process development, and manufacturing of optical thin films. Formed in 1996, Rugate Technologies has expertise in the fabrication of narrow notch infrared filters, dual-band infrared coatings, and spectral control filters for high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic devices.

New capabilities already developed through this collaboration include:

  • Athermal NIR narrow bandpass filters for LIDAR 
  • Freespace optical communications
  • Ultra-narrowband (sub-nanometer) bandpass filters for UV through MIR wavelengths.

Omega Optical has presented papers on these new developments at recent SPIE and OSA conferences.

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As part of the acquisition, Rugate Technologies co-founder Thomas D. Rahmlow, Jr. has joined Omega Optical in the role of Senior Scientist, bringing 30 years of experience in thin-film coating design and fabrication to Omega’s engineering team. Omega also added an E-Beam/Ion-Assist coating chamber specifically configured to MWIR and LWIR coatings.

By bringing Omega’s custom and production capabilities to the IR, we’re able to offer high volume quantities and pricing to the market,” said Rahmlow.We are currently producing 3rd Gen far-infrared coatings and sputter-coated mid-IR bandpass filters in volume.

This combined knowledge and experience will enhance the focus on new technologies and expand Omega’s technical capabilities, according to President and Technical Director Robert L. Johnson, Jr. “Adding research and resources from Rugate Technologies to our high-volume production capabilities fulfills our long-term goal of offering more filters in the mid- and far-infrared.

About Rugate Technologies

Rugate Technologies, Inc., founded in 1996, specializes in the R&D of high performance optical coatings and thin film devices. It works with its customers to develop designs and manufacturing processes for their specific applications and will then move the product into production here and/or transfer the process into the customer's facility.

About Omega Optical

Founded in 1969 by Robert Johnson D. Sc., Omega Optical manufactures custom thin-film interference filters and coatings from UV to Far Infrared, including coatings on fiber tips. Omega’s filters are used worldwide for biomedical, defense, aerospace, astronomy, industrial and commercial applications. Environmentally-friendly manufacturing facilities in Brattleboro, Vermont bring together craftsmanship, innovation, and state-of-the-art technology to produce the most diverse offering of optical coatings in the industry.

Omega offers engineering and prototyping services to assist with research and instrument design. Coating technologies include plasma-assisted reactive magnetron sputtering and e-beam ion assist for high volume production. Omega Optical is ITAR Registered, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, and an SBA Registered Small Business.

Source: Omega Optical

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