Sydor Optics to Feature New Infrared Optics Capability at SPIE DSS 2014

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DSS attendees can visit booth 313 to learn about Sydor's silicon and germanium IR windows for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications.

Many of our new capabilities are an excellent fit for the defense sector’s need for more sophisticated airborne surveillance technology.

Sydor Optics announced today that it will feature its newest developments in flat, IR optics at the SPIE Defense, Security & Sensing show in Baltimore, Md., May 5-9. This conference and exhibition showcases optics, IR imaging, lasers and sensing for defense, security, industry, healthcare and the environment.

Sydor’s first year making silicon windows has been a great success. Specializing in double-side polishing process, the company has achieved transmitted wavefront better than 0.25 wave at 3.39μm for windows 4 to 10 inches in diameter and has recently received inquiries for windows up to 14 inches in diameter. Sydor is also developing flat IR optics with germanium substrates. The company continues to supply high-volume optical windows and optics for television and IR cameras for turret camera pods on air, land and water based vehicle applications. Other recent defense applications for Sydor’s flat optics include mirrors for military flight simulators, laser protection filters and transparent armor.

All of Sydor’s processing currently involves double-side polishing to achieve optimal parallelism and transmitted wavefront specifications. In the near future, Sydor plans to add single-side polishing for optics that require superior surface flatness.

Other IR materials processed include germanium, AMTIR 2 and 3 and some chalcogenide materials. The second most-processed IR material has been germanium with our capabilities currently limited to parts under 6 inches in diameter. As the production process becomes more robust, Sydor plans to extend the size to 10 inches in diameter. All the AMTIR and chalcogenide materials processed were used in materials testing for various companies and organizations.

Sydor President Jim Sydor stated, “This year marks our 50th anniversary and I’m proud to say we continue to innovate. Many of our new capabilities are an excellent fit for the defense sector’s need for more sophisticated airborne surveillance technology.”

Sydor Optics is ITAR registered & ISO 9001:2008 certified. Visit Sydor at Booth 313 at SPIE DSS.

About Sydor Optics (
Founded in 1964, Sydor Optics (Rochester, NY) is specializes in the double-sided grinding and polishing of custom, flat & parallel optical components such as colored glass filters, glass wafers, lightpipes, machined glass components, mirrors, optical flats, plate beamsplitters, prisms, wedges and windows.

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