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Electrically through Jena and Beyond16.08.2017
Despite all concerns about a low range and lack of charging possibilities, the demand for e-cars rose (not only) among the asphericon staff.

asphericon Enlarges Electric Fleet

Jena, August 2017: Since spring 2015, the specialist in the field of asphere production from Jena has been using electro mobility. Since then, asphericon is providing the first charging stations within the JenA4 business park. With a continuing upward trend, the in-house car pool has grown to ten electric cars in total. Thanks to an own solar-powered charging station, employees of the company were able to travel a total of 140,000 e-kilometers.

Public charging station located at Stockholmer Straße 9 in Jena
Fig. 1 Public charging station located at Stockholmer Straße 9 in Jena

The project was implemented two years ago with the support of Stadtwerke Energie Jena-Pößneck, enviaM, Innoman GmbH and Thüringer Aufbaubank. In addition to the internal charging areas, two other vehicles can be “refueled” at the publicly accessible power station of Stockholmer Straße 9. Another highlight: the electricity used is generated autonomously by the company’s solar power system.

Practical Concerns

Despite all concerns about a low range and lack of charging possibilities, the demand for e-cars rose (not only) among the asphericon staff. According to Managing Director Alexander Zschäbitz, this trend continues: “Charging infrastructure is and will be the main issue. The technology is so far developed, that electro mobility will be suitable for daily use in the near future. If more people opt for e-cars, currently excessive costs will decrease. Everyday suitability is closely connected with the safety feeling of being able to charge the car at any time. The state of Thuringia, in cooperation with strong regional partners, is intensively working on the improvement of the charging infrastructure.”

Progress of Electro Mobility in Thuringia

By the end of the year the number of charging cradles in Thuringia should rise to a total of 185. But this is not enough, the 377 outlets realized thereby, represent only 47% of intended outlets in Thuringia. To tackle concerns about short range and lack of practicality the Thuringian Ministry of Environment is looking for test drivers for electric cars.

With the slogan “Travel Thuringia by electro mobile”, 22 Thuringian car dealers and four energy suppliers provide various vehicles and charging currents at charging cradles in the country. 500 drivers are invited to test the electric vehicles for two days in an everyday environment. Anyone older than 23 years holding a valid driving license can apply. Application deadline will be 3rd September.

Further information on e-mobility in Thuringia and on the test drive can be found at: http://elektrisch-durch-thueringen.de/#Anmeldung.

About asphericon

As an independent and recognized specialist, asphericon is a technological leader in the field of asphere production. The basis for manufacturing is a specially developed and patented technology to control CNC grinding and polishing machines. Using this globally unique equipment, small runs right through to large quantities can be manufactured with high precision. asphericon serves its customers with initial optic design, manufacturing and coating, full-surface interferometric measuring and documentation. The capabilities also include the assembly of optical systems and their optical characterization.

For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Tel.: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
E-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Modular Beam Shaping with Aspheres09.08.2017
With the launch of our a|TopShape and a|AiryShape, asphericon presents a compact and modular beam shaping system based on an aspheric solution.

Product innovations a|TopShape and a|AiryShape to create a Top-Hat beam profile

Jena, August 2017: With the launch of our a|TopShape and a|AiryShape, asphericon presents a compact and modular beam shaping system based on an aspheric solution. The BeamTuning portfolio, which so far consists of various elements for beam expansion, is now extended for the application-oriented user.

Beam shaping components a|TopShape and a|AiryShape
Fig. 1: Beam shaping components a|TopShape and a|AiryShape

The new components are capable of converting a collimated Gaussian beam profile into a collimated or focused top hat intensity distribution. The input and output beam diameters are scalable and the large-scale spectral range of 300 nm – 1600 nm allows ideal applications in the areas of measurement technology, microscopy or material processing. The beam shapers can be used not only with a collimated laser beam, but also with a fiber-coupled source.

a|TopShape and a|AiryShape offer excellent optical quality and a compact design. Thanks to a modular approach and a special assembly concept, the components are easy to connect, without further adjustment needed. This is accompanied by easy handling as well as easy integration into existing substructures or the combination with additional beam expansion components.

Discover more: www.asphericon.com/beam-expander

We would be pleased to advise you in detail – contact us now!

About asphericon

As an independent and recognized specialist, asphericon is among the technological leaders in the field of asphere manufacture. The basis for manufacture is a specially developed and patented technology to control CNC grinding and polishing machines. Using this globally unique equipment, small runs right through to large series can be manufactured with high precision. asphericon assists its customers from the initial optic design, via manufacturing and coating, full-surface interferometric measuring and documentation, through to the assembly of optical modules and their optical characterization.

For further information

Stefan Klinzing
Tel.: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
E-mail: sales[at]asphericon.com

Re-certification according DIN ISO 9001 by TÜV Thuringia02.05.2017
With the re-certification according to DIN ISO 9001:2015, asphericon proves high quality requirements within all work processes

asphericon confirms high quality requirements and receives certification DIN ISO 9001:2015
TÜV Siegel
Once again, asphericon proves an excellent quality in development, manufacture and distribution of aspherical components by successful completion of a quality audit by TÜV Thuringia. For the fourth time in a row, the company is demonstrating its high standards in all processes – as a sign of high quality orientation for its national and international customers, with DIN ISO 9001 revision of 2015, also with regard to suppliers and cooperation partners.

“The more process-oriented approach of ISO 9001:2015 has become an important driver for productivity and efficiency in asphericon GmbH,” says CEO Alexander W. Zschäbitz, explaining the successful DIN certification. ” The increasingly complex projects can be controlled and monitored considerably more easily by means of precisely tailored processes. Our customers and cooperation partners benefit, amongst other things, from performance indicators for process control and clearly defined responsibilities. In addition, we are able to respond more quickly to changing market and customer requirements”

Another important component is the inclusion of risk management. As part of the recertification process, asphericon identified and evaluated risks and opportunities as well as appropriated countermeasures for their effectiveness. By creating a sustainable risk management, the company expects to secure sales, achieve competitive advantages and further increase customer satisfaction.

ISO 9001: 2015 also focuses on the structured handling of knowledge and calls for the development of a suitable knowledge management system. asphericon took this opportunity to further optimize its established training system. In addition to online-based training, all employees of the company are supported by external training in their professional and private education.

ISO 9001 is a quality management standard and one of the most important standards worldwide. A company certified according to ISO 9001 has proved within the scope of various internal and external audits that it has aligned processes according to defined rules and standards. Planning and development processes as well as procurement and production processes are considered.

For further informaion
Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
Email: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Learned. Connected. Done Business. – Photonics West 2017 review10.02.2017
asphericon looks back on a successful and exciting week in San Francisco.

More than 1,380 exhibitors, 200 product launches and 23,000 visitors – at the end of January/ beginning of February, SPIE Photonics West once again opened its doors to scientists, researchers, engineers and students from the world of photonics. On 6 event days Moscone Center and environs offered, according to the slogan “Learn. Connect. Do Business.”, space to almost 100 conferences (including BiOS, LASE and OPTO) and two exhibitions, complemented by a course program and numerous networking events.

asphericon presented itself with a booth at BiOS and one at Photonics West, as well as with 3 lectures on the topics of freeforms and laser beam shaping with aspheres. In addition to the unique aspheric and diffraction-limited beam expander kit, with its innovative, already established components, two new products were highlighted. The asphericon TopShape allows the transformation of collimated Gauss’ into collimated Top-Hat beams. The second innovation, the AiryShape, is an extension to the Beam Expander Kit which, in combination with a focusing lens, allows a transformation of collimated Gauss’ beams into a Top-Hat focus. Both components are used in laser material processing and microscopy. More information about our new products will soon be available on our website.

We can grant a first insight today. The following video shows some highlights of Photonics West and provides a brief outline of our new products.

For further informaion
Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
Email: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Merry Christmas 201622.12.2016
Happy holidays and all the best for the new year 2017 to all our customers and partners.

Happy holidays and all the best for the new year 2017 to all our customers and partners. Thank you for the succsessful colaboration and trust in asphericon in 2016.

From December 23 until December 30 our business locations will be closed.

We return on January 2nd 2017, and will be happy to answer your inquiries and webshop orders!

Happy Holidays 2016

asphericon at SPIE BIOS and SPIE Photonics West 2017 in San Francisco09.12.2016
Meet our specialists in San Francisco and get to know the innovative product range from asphericon on January 28 and 29 at the booth at SPIE BIOS and from January 31 to February 2 at SPIE Photonics West

Jena, December 2016: Once again the team of the asphericon Inc. will be represented at the exhibition of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Photonics West in January and February 2017. Under the slogan “Learn – Connect – Do Business”, many companies and an international audience from photonics and laser industry are expected from January 28 to February 2, 2017. In addition to its own booth, asphericon is also taking part in the parallel conferences at the exhibition grounds with two lectures on the topics of freeform optics and beam shaping.

SPIE BIOS and SPIE Photonics West 2017

SPIE Photonics West – 2 exhibitions, 3 conferences

Meet our specialists in San Francisco and get to know the innovative product range from asphericon on January 28 and 29 at the booth at SPIE BIOS (booth 8516) and from January 31 to February 2 at SPIE Photonics West (booth 5255). Besides our highly precise OEM and SPA™ lenses, we will also be bringing along mounted aspheres and axicons, the Beam Expander Kit and new products from the field of beam shaping. Interested visitors can gain information at our booth about modern technologies for processing optical components and the manufacture of customized lenses, which can be specially adapted to customer needs. Our colleagues on site will also be able to answer questions and provide information about new developments in the field of laser beam shaping.

Alongside Photonics West, SPIE is organizing the three conferences BIOS, LASE and OPTO – each conference has a different specialty in the field of optics/photonics. The BIOS focuses on biophotonics, medical technology optics and imaging. However, the conference LASE specifically attracts visitors with expert talks on laser applications. Interested parties from the fields of optoelectronics and photonics can gain information and take part in the talks at OPTO.

You can find the full schedule here: http://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/photonics-west

asphericon is represented with the following talk topics

LASE

Session 8
January 31, 2017, 3.40 pm
Speaker: Daniel Sebastian
“Generation of an ultra-flexible focused top-hat beam profile with aspheres”

Demo Areas

January 31, 2017, 2.00 pm
Speaker: Alexander W. Zschäbitz
“Smaller, lighter, more efficient – freeform surfaces revolutionize optical systems”
Demo Area 2 (Hall D North)

February 1, 2017, 11.00 am
Speaker: Daniel Sebastian
“High performance beam shaping with aspheres”
Demo Area 2 (Hall D North)

For further informaion

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
Email: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Highly precise mounted aspheres and axicons11.11.2016
asphericon is presenting for the first time aspheric elements in specially developed mounts in the form of the mounted SPA™ Aspheres and Axicons.

asphericon with an extension of its product range

Jena, November 2016: To meet the growing desire for more compact systems with even greater optical performance, asphericon is presenting for the first time aspheric elements in specially developed mounts in the form of the mounted SPATM Aspheres and Axicons (fig. 1).

Fig. 1.: SPA™ Mounted Aspheres and Axicons

Fig. 1.: SPA™ Mounted Aspheres and Axicons

To enable aspheres to perform to the fullest, they must be oriented sufficiently well in the setup. Even the smallest tilts can mean that the asphere no longer focuses perfectly and aberrations such as coma and astigmatism can be induced (fig. 2).

Abb. 2.: Comparison between a perfectly oriented (bottom) and a slightly tilted asphere with a tilt of 0.1° on the X axis (top). The difference between the geometric spot diameters for both comes to approx. a factor of 88.

Abb. 2.: Comparison between a perfectly oriented (bottom) and a slightly tilted asphere with a tilt of 0.1° on the X axis (top). The difference between the geometric spot diameters for both comes to approx. a factor of 88.

An especially precise technique allows asphericon to very accurately orient the lenses directly in the mount and achieve decentration of less than 10 µm. The mount makes handling much more convenient, especially for very small lenses. This also significantly simplifies the otherwise complicated orientation and adjustment of axicons in the system.

The aspheric lenses can be quickly and easily combined with all beam guidance and positioning systems or screwed directly to the asphericon SPATM Beam Expander Kit. This enables better and faster positioning of the lenses in the laboratory setup and, consequently, optimized focusing. The lenses are also protected against external influences such as dust by the mount and the protective cap that comes with it. Information about specifications and serial numbers can be found directly on the mount. The mounted SPATM Aspheres and Axicons thus generally ensure optical systems are set up for flexibility and efficiency.

For further informaion

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
Email: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Modular beam shaping with aspheric systems10.11.2016
Meet asphericon at the workshop “High-performance laser beams” in Nuremberg

asphericon at the workshop “High-performance laser beams” in Nuremberg

Find out more about the methods and components of high-performance laser beams at the joint workshop by Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH and bayern photonics e.V. in Nuremberg.

Next Tuesday, November 15, 2016, the conference center at Nuremberg Airport will be dedicated to the topic of “Shaping high-performance laser beams”. The workshop concerns itself with the combination of various approaches for laser beam shaping, from design and simulation, aspheric systems and diffractive elements, through to innovative processing methods.

asphericon will be represented on site by Dr. Ulrike Fuchs (Head of Applications). In her talk on “Modular beam shaping with aspheric systems for use in laser material processing”, she discusses the following points:

  • Flexible adaptation of the beam source to the beam shaping system
  • Gauss-to-top hat beam shaping in the collimated beam
  • Beam shaping for top-hat distribution in the focus of one lens
  • Refractive beam shaping with axicon systems

Besides this and other interesting talks, there will also be the opportunity as part of a table-top exhibition to speak with representatives of various institutions in the field of laser beam shaping.

You can find more information about participation and the entire program here.

For further informaion

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
Email: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Day of Photonics21.10.2016
asphericon takes part in two campaigns on the “Day of Photonics”.

Every two years, the international “Day of Photonics” on October 21 is dedicated to boosting public awareness of the photonics branch of science. Hundreds of events are held to mark this in over 30 countries around the world. asphericon GmbH made the most of the opportunity to give young scientists as well as a group of little ones an understanding of the excitement of light.

As part of a discovery tour in the footsteps of Ernst Abbe, pupils from Ernst Abbe High School in Jena visited the production facilities and laboratories at asphericon. Besides a guided tour and brief talks, the pupils were able to experience the fascination of light up close in small experiments (fig. 1).

Day of Photonics
Fig. 1: Pupil experiment in the optics lab at asphericon GmbH

“Exciting experiments relating to light were performed with a group of preschool children from the Anne Frank children’s day care center in Jena. This involved lights, mirrors and magnifications, and experiments into optical illusion were able to generate curiosity among the young researchers (fig. 2). After all, as Galileo himself once said: “Curiosity is always the first step in solving a problem.”

Day of Photonics
Fig. 2: Optical illusion using a red filter

For further informaion

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
Email: marketing[at]asphericon.com

DIN ISO 10110-19 – designing of freeform surfaces05.08.2016
DIN ISO 10110-19 governs the presentation, dimensioning and tolerance of optically active freeform surfaces

The publication of the new DIN ISO 10110-19 marks the successful conclusion of many years of work by the project group under the leadership of Sven R. Kiontke, CEO at asphericon GmbH. For the first time, a comprehensive compendium now exists to describe freeforms, which can be defined using a great many geometric degrees of freedom.

“Freeforms will be an important part of the puzzle in the development of pioneering optical systems,” explains Sven R. Kiontke. “Together with our partners in the region, we want to turn Jena into the European center for freeform optics. We have laid the foundations for this with the new standard and have already been able to successfully produce the first freeform prototypes as part of the regional growth core fo+. asphericon GmbH will continue to actively and significantly drive forward the developments in this area in the near future.”

At its core, the new standard comprises guidelines for the creation of technical drawings and applies to continuous and discontinuous surfaces. The user gains methods to abide by desired specifications, whereby misinterpretations are ultimately reduced to a minimum. The standard also proves to be extremely flexible in order to be able to incorporate innovations and promote further ideas.

For further information regarding DIN ISO 10110-19: click here

For further information regarding the „Regional Growth Core“ click here

For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Tel.: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

From start-up to technological leader Anniversary – 15 years of asphericon18.05.2016
Cause for celebration in the Optical Valley: the high-tech company asphericon GmbH reaches its 15th anniversary on May, 2016.

What began as a start-up, founded at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, has now developed into the world’s technological leader in the field of asphere manufacture under the management of Sven R. Kiontke and Alexander W. Zschäbitz.

Aspheres are optical elements with a surface that differs from a spherical shape. Aberrations can be corrected and optical systems can be made both smaller and more powerful. The latest manufacturing technologies, control software undergoing continuous further development and highly qualified employees ensure that asphericon now provides over 600 customers worldwide with innovative solutions. The range of services extends from optic design, manufacturing and coating, and extensive interferometric measuring and documentation, through to the assembly of optical modules and their optical characterization.

A notice on the blackboard at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena marks the beginning of the company’s history in 2001. The first production line was set up in Erfurt in 2003, and the company relocated to the business incubator in Jena in 2005. asphericon has been working in its own company building since 2011. This year, the company is embarking on a two-year expansion project concerning its production facilities and machinery.

You can find out more about asphericon precision at an atomic level, the company’s very own founding story and how products made their way to Mars in the following interview with the founders and directors Sven R. Kiontke and Alexander W. Zschäbitz.

Alexander W. Zschäbitz und Sven R. Kiontke

Alexander W. Zschäbitz and Sven R. Kiontke

René Descartes described the asphere phenomenon back in the 17th century. In just a few words: what makes asphericon special today?

Sven R. Kiontke: Without wanting to sound arrogant, we are the ones who have made aspheres a standard element in the photonics industry. Our primary unit of measurement is called an Ångström, which corresponds to 0.1 nanometers, thus at an atomic level. We work at the absolute limit of physical feasibility, which is what characterizes us.

You set up a manufacturing company straight after your university studies. How did that come about?

Alexander W. Zschäbitz: Through a note on the blackboard. I still have the piece I tore off. Mr. Kiontke recognized the potential for founding a company while writing his dissertation and sought a commercial associate via a notice at Jena University. This interested me as an economist, and that’s how we began together. That is our real founding story.

A dissertation as the foundation for a company – was that not too little?

Sven R. Kiontke: We were driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. We knew that the path would be long and might also be rocky, that there are dead ends. But we had an aim, a vision. With this inner attitude, you can break new ground, develop new ideas – and also actually put them into practice. Our slogan ‘bringing visions to life’ reflects this in a very impressive way and we have actually lived by this from the beginning.

But you weren’t alone…

Alexander W. Zschäbitz: You can’t do anything without support. First of all, we should mention the family that needs to be behind us. The experts at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and the University of Applied Sciences Jena have helped us on many occasions, just like the Sparkasse bank as our main financing partner, the suppliers and naturally our employees, who accomplish their work every day. We definitely have to mention the asphericon advisory board, which is led by Dr. Manfred Fritsch and also features the outstanding expert Erhard Bückemeier. A modicum of luck is also involved in being in the right place at the right time. We know enough founders for whom things unfortunately haven’t worked out – sometimes maybe only because they lacked a little luck…

Which hurdles did you have to overcome along the way?

Alexander W. Zschäbitz: Plenty, some smaller and some larger. At the start, the university, for instance, did not want to let me attend the founders’ seminar because I studied economics and not business studies. That could be resolved. It was more difficult with the first round of financing, when stock prices fell after September 11, 2001, and the venture capital company withdrew. The dream of having our own manufacturing company suddenly seemed a very long way off. But once you’ve jumped into water, you have to continue swimming. We found new partners. In 2003, we set up our first production line in Erfurt, and we then took this with us when we moved to the bioinstrumentation center in Jena in 2005. We have been working in our own company building since 2011.

Customers came straight after the company was founded and you got started?

Sven R. Kiontke: Our first major contract happened like this: the customer wanted an individually manufactured asphere and promised a series order if the prototype fulfilled all the specifications within five days. The handover date was on a Monday morning in Paris. We ‘honed’ the prototype on the Saturday until 11pm and then travelled straight to Paris by car on the Sunday. We got the order – and not only that: the customer is still loyal to us to this day.

Mr. Kiontke, what did you actually write in your dissertation, which led to an industrial company?

Sven R. Kiontke: I am an IT expert and looked at how you can manufacture highly precise aspheres in series with the aid of a computer. The key to our business concept lies in an understanding of the process and in the computer programs. Grinding, polishing, the countless measurements: every step in the procedure is controlled by the same, all-embracing software solution for us today. All of the requirements on the envisaged shape are contained in the program, and the grinding and polishing machines are subordinate to this. This enables us to produce up to 1,000 challenging aspheres per week. Just eight to ten years ago, we considered 100 units an achievement.

You are now the technological leader in asphere manufacturing…

Sven R. Kiontke: Yes, we can say that we made it. And it constantly continues. Our new objectives result from conversations with customers, partners and even competitors. For example, we make handling easier for our customers and produce complete subsystems, including optical design and coating, and thus offer our customers a quieter life. Freeform lenses are a next big step. We played a leading role in developing the underlying DIN ISO standard in this area and were able to successful produce an initial germanium prototype as part of the research project fo+. We have now been able to establish a team of twenty technologists, who take care of nothing other than constantly improving processes, developing technologies and making existing ones perform better, developing optical designs and products. We provide them with plenty of leeway, for instance for research projects. What’s important is to always only keep an eye on the vision.

Your machines are closely packed together in the production facility – how do you move forward?

Alexander W. Zschäbitz: At the moment, we are almost fully booked for 2016 and are now starting a new construction project with an expansion of our machinery. We also have to ensure at present that the company organization keeps up with our growth and that we have something to offer in the fight for the minds of tomorrow – especially in the strong industrial city of Jena. Over the medium term, the topic of internationalization is also important, and we have also taken a first step in this by founding asphericon, Inc.

While we’re on the subject of international expansion: this even extends into space…

Sven R. Kiontke: Yes, we also supply for space travel. We are currently involved in a large-scale satellite project on Earth observation by the ESA. Our lenses achieve the necessary level of precision to provide high-resolution images from a distance of 36,000 kilometers. Our lenses are also fitted in the camera of the Mars Express, which provides real- and false-color images of the Red Planet. The fact that our products are helping to create the images that allow us to learn about Mars today makes us very proud.

For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Tel.: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Thuringia Innovation Awards19.11.2015
The asphericon SPA™ Beam Expander kit successful in the category ‘Light & Life’.

The 18th Thuringia Innovation Awards were granted in Weimar under the patronage of the Ministry for Business, Science and Digital Society. asphericon was able to come out on top among high-ranking competition to receive a nomination in the ‘Light & Life’ category for its innovative SPA™ Beam Expander kit.

With the globally unique SPA™ Beam Expander kit, consisting of SPA™ Beam Expanders, SPA™ Waveλdapt and intrasystem and system-wide adapters, asphericon is revolutionizing the field of beam expansion. The system covers the central laser wavelengths with 5 basic wavelengths and can be used with the SPA™ Waveλdapt component for all wavelengths between 500nm – 1600 nm and 355 nm. Thanks to the use of aspheric lenses, the kit operates in a diffraction-limited manner, whereby the quality of the beam expansion exceeds all systems currently available on the market. An intelligent adapter concept also ensures simple, fast working in the lab.

For the competition, a total of 86 applications were submitted and inspected by an independent expert panel with regard to level of innovation, cost-effectiveness and marketability. With €100,000 prize money, the award is one of Germany’s highest-paying state innovation awards, and is given out in 6 different categories.

Link:
asphericon SPA™ Beam Expander Kit

 

For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Tel.: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

New employees wanted!17.11.2015
Additional skilled employees are being sought after to expand the asphericon team.

Apply now to the technological leader in the development and manufacture of aspheric lenses. We are now looking for the following skilled employees to complete our team:

  • Precision optician
  • Programmer
  • Sales staff

 

You can find all information and contacts here.

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

For further information

Susann Kurschel
Tel.: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: info[at]asphericon.com

Training begins at asphericon17.08.2015
Four new precision opticians start their training.

The specialist in producing aspheric lenses has been able to welcome four new trainees at its headquarters in Jena. asphericon concentrates on training precision opticians and currently employs a total of 9 trainees.

As part of the training, the young entrants initially learn the theoretical foundations for the profession of precision optician. The focus lies on the ability to handle and inspect optical components, basic metalworking, coating and cementing skills, and knowledge concerning the CNC-based manufacture of work pieces. Within the business environment, the trainees become more adept at using the latest manufacturing and measuring technologies and familiarize themselves with the characteristics of aspheric optics in day-to-day project business.

“The increasing lack of skilled employees makes it more difficult to find well-trained staff and keep them in the company long-term,” says Head of HR Susann Kurschel to explain the current situation on the labor market. “Our former trainees not only bring along the necessary expert knowledge, but they are also very familiar with the company and its in-house processes. They have already internalized the asphericon philosophy when they begin their employment and help in an extraordinary way to ensure our high demands with regard to the quality of products and services.”

asphericon_start ausbildungsjahr
Clockwise from left: Susann Kurschel (HR), Klaus Bräutigam (Head of Training), Felix, Clemens, Jacob, Adrian (Trainees), Sven Kiontke (CEO)

Since training began at asphericon in 2005, all of the trainees have been taken on in permanent roles, which highlights the quality of the training and also the attractiveness of asphericon as an employer. Even after the training has been completed, asphericon helps job starters with further qualification and promotion measures.

The start of training also coincides with the launch of the application phase for training in 2016. asphericon, together with the Jenaer Bildungszentrum, is inviting people to attend the training evening on Friday, September 4, 2015, from 4pm to 9.30pm (Otto-Schott-Straße 13, 07745 Jena). Use the personal conversation to find out more about the training opportunities at asphericon. Current trainees and employees from the training center will be on hand to answer questions.

 
For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Optical Systems Design in Jena14.08.2015
asphericon attends the SPIE conference ‘Optical Systems Design’ for the first time.

asphericon will be taking part in the SPIE conference/trade fair Optical Systems Design for the first time from September 7 to 10, 2015. In the course of the International Year of Light, the event will suitably be held directly in the city of light and optics, Jena.

The asphericon team will be on hand to greet you at trade fair stand 311 at Friedrich Schiller University on Abbe-Platz, and will be happy to advise you on any matters relating to aspheric optics.

What’s more, you are very welcome to attend the following two asphericon talks:

Wednesday, 2.30pm-2.50pm
Clarifying conversion of radius of curvature to power (and power to radius of curvature) for general surfaces and freeforms in standards, Sven Wickenhagen, asphericon GmbH (Germany); Kazumasa Endo, Nikon Corp. (Japan); Dr. Ulrike Fuchs, asphericon GmbH (Germany); Richard N. Youngworth, Riyo LLC (United States); Sven R. Kiontke, asphericon GmbH (Germany).

Thursday, 9am-9.15am
Modular optical design for flexible beam shaping of a top-hat profile, Dr. Ulrike Fuchs, asphericon GmbH (Germany)

Make your appointment for a personal meeting now or visit us directly at the trade fair stand.

 
For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
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asphericon at SPIE Optics+Photonics27.07.2015
The team of asphericon, Inc. will be at booth 429 from 9 to 13 August to provide insights into the extensive range of asphericon services and present the latest product developments, and also has a large number of conference talks in store for visitors.

Immerse yourself in the world of aspheres and discover asphericon SPATM Standard Precision Aspheres: aspheres with outstanding quality, an impressive price performance ratio and short delivery times. What’s more, experience the SPATM Beam Expander Kit, a globally unique aspheric and diffraction-limited beam expansion system.

Would you like a personal meeting? Arrange an appointment now and meet us at booth 429!

You can also visit us at our conference talks and benefit from exclusive expert knowledge.

New freeform standard in ISO 10110
Sunday, August 09, 2015, 9.00am, Room 14B
Speaker: Sven R. Kiontke (CEO)

Tolerancing aspheric surfaces in optical design
Sunday, August 09, 2015, 10.00am, Room 14B
Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Fuchs (Head of Applications)

Monolithic freeform element
Monday, August 10, 2015, 10.50am, Room 11A
Speaker: Sven R. Kiontke (CEO)

Beam shaping concepts with aspheric surfaces
Monday, August 10, 2015, 10.00am, Room 14B
Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Fuchs (Head of Applications)

Modular optical design for flexible beam expansion
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 4.20pm, Room 16B
Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Fuchs (Head of Applications)

Links: http://spie.org/x30491.xml

 
For further information:

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

New developments at the LASER show10.06.2015
asphericon presents new developments at the major photonics trade fair.

asphericon will be presenting itself at the major trade fair Laser World of Photonics in Munich from June 22 to 25, 2015. At trade fair stand 312 in hall B1, asphericon will be presenting new developments in the field of beam shaping, high-quality IR aspheres and the initial results from the research project fo+ on the development of innovative freeform optics.

Following the successful introduction of the globally unique SPA™ Beam Expander for the design wavelengths 532 nm, 632 nm, 780 nm, 1064 nm, the portfolio is being extended with a beam expander for the UV range (355 nm). It has been possible to create a highly compact yet also flexibly combinable system based on a single asphere. The user is able to combine five beam expanders and realize a diffraction-limited beam expansion of up to 32-times and over 230 intermediate stages. The SPA™ Beam Expander UV works in a completely diffraction limited way both as an individual element and also in a cascade. The selection of adapters available also enables a high level of compatibility with other optical systems.

Besides the SPA™ Beam Expander UV, an additional element for beam expansion will be presented in the form of the SPA™ Waveλdapt. This element enables the beam expansion system to be adapted to all wavelengths from VIS to NIR (500 nm – 1600 nm). What’s more, wave front defects can be corrected while retaining the beam diameter, and the divergence adapted. Trade fair visitors can experience the entire range of possibilities for beam expansion as a live demonstration at the asphericon stand.

asphericon was thus able to implement extensive process optimization to ensure the highest quality levels for producing color-corrected and thermally insensitive IR systems. At the Laser World of Photonics, asphericon will be presenting IR lenses with shape defects of less than 20 nm RMS and surface roughness of less than 3 nm.

asphericon is also displaying the first prototypes of a freeform lens that was developed and produced as part of the globally unique research project ‘Freeform Optics Plus (fo+)’. In the alliance ‘Freeform Optics Plus (fo+)’, asphericon works with various industrial and research partners from the photonics industry in Thuringia, including the Fraunhofer IOF, JENOPTIK Optical Systems GmbH and Jena-Optronik GmbH, to develop solutions in the field of innovative freeform optics.

Trade visitors can expect a closer look at the asphericon product and technology world as part of two talks:

Monday, June 22, 2015, 1.20pm – 1.40pm, Forum, Hall A3
Subject: Beam shaping with aspheric components
Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Fuchs (Head of Applications)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 1.20pm – 1.40pm, Forum, Hall B3
Subject: The asphere myths – facts and fiction
Speaker: Sven R. Kiontke (CEO)

Links:
www.asphericon.de
www.aspheric-beamexpander.de
www.fo-plus.de

 

For further information:

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Opening of electric charging station20.05.2015
New electric charging station – refueling at asphericon.

asphericon is relying on electric mobility: on May 20th, 2015, the first electric charging station at the JenA4 business park will be opening, right next to the A4 freeway. Besides vehicles in the company’s own fleet, all other car drivers and partners to neighboring companies also have the possibility of using the electric charging points. Together with partners from Stadtwerke Energie Jena-Pößneck, enviaM and Aufbaubank Thüringen, it was possible to realize the innovative project, which was awarded by the Thuringia Ministry of Business, in a very short time.

asphericon is currently adding five electric cars to its fleet – two VW Golfs, two Renault Zoes and a Renault Kangoo. These will be integrated into fleet operation from 30th June and will be available to employees for business trips. Once business closes for the day and at the weekend, the employees can also use the vehicles privately.

“With our concept, we are providing an additional contribution to boosting the acceptance and visibility of electric mobility,” says head of e-mobility, Oliver Kroker. “Charging with solar power generated by the companies photovoltaic system is particularly sustainable. This has already produced around 20,000 kWh in the first three months, which would already be enough to charge around ten vehicles for a whole year. We thus still have room for supporting more of our employees’ electric vehicles powered in a carbon-neutral manner, and will be happy to support this expansion.”

In addition, two vehicles can be ‘recharged’ simultaneously at the publicly accessible electric charging station on Stockholmer Straße. Correspondingly marked parking areas are available. At present, this exclusive service is even being provided by Stadtwerke Energie free of charge.

 
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Figure: Mr. Kroker (Head of e-mobility, asphericon GmbH) presents the first out of six internal charging stations.
 
Stadtwerke Energie Jena-Pößneck has been setting up publicly accessible charging columns for electric vehicles at five sites in and around Jena since 2011, reports Matthias Stüwe, responsible for the charging infrastructure at Stadtwerke Energie. A total of ten charging points are available there. They are all part of a Europe-wide charging network: using a charging card available from Stadtwerke Energie, users of electric cars in Germany and neighboring countries can recharge their vehicles at around 7,500 charging points.

Stadtwerke Energie will further expand its involvement in the field of electric mobility. Matthias Stüwe sees the excellent collaboration with asphericon as a model for the future: Stadtwerke Energie wants to be a service provider in the field of electric mobility and provide a demand-driven charging infrastructure as a partner to companies, residential communities and private individuals while operating this infrastructure in a future-proof manner.

 

For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: marketing[at]asphericon.com

Highlights of Physics11.05.2015
asphericon is sponsoring this year’s science festival in Jena.

In keeping with this year’s ‘International Year of Light’, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Physics Society (DPG), and Friedrich Schiller University Jena are holding the Highlights of Physics event in Jena from 22nd to 26th September 2015. asphericon is supporting the festival as a sponsor as well as getting involved with its own exhibition stand.

The centerpiece of the science festival is an interactive exhibition on Jena’s Eichplatz. The varied program is geared towards the whole family and includes live experiments, plenty of hands-on science to try for yourself, science shows on open-air stages, talks by top researchers, a school competition for young tinkerers and inventors, a ‘junior lab’ for children over the age of 3, a science slam, and a large highlights show with Ranga Yogeshwar in the Sparkasse Arena.

 
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Fig. 1: Highlights of Physics is the place for discoveries for young and old alike.
 

asphericon is providing financial assistance to the event and will be present on the exhibition site with its own contribution ‘The Fascination of Optics – Aspheres with the Utmost Precision’. “Besides an insight into the methods of producing aspheric lenses, we will be giving our visitors the opportunity to have a go at being precision opticians themselves and polishing a lens,” reveals CEO Alexander W. Zschäbitz. “What’s more, we will be demonstrating the special characteristics of aspheres with a real innovation in the field of beam expansion. Our SPATM beam expander kit gives visitors a clear idea of what influence an aspheric lens has on image quality and the construction lengths of optical systems. Our team is looking forward to meeting lots of interested guests and is, of course, on hand to answer any questions people may have.”

The ‘Highlights of Physics’ event was created in 2001 by BMBF and the DPG. The science festival attracts around 25,000 visitors every year. It tours from city to city, covering different topics: Jena is the 15th stop. Previous stops have included Munich (2001), Dresden (2003), Berlin (2005), Halle an der Saale (2008), Rostock (2011) and Saarbrücken (2014).

 

For further information:

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: sales[at]asphericon.com

New Dimensions in Beam Expansion21.04.2015
Read more in the February issue of 'Optik & Photonik'.

The February issue of ‘Optik & Photonik’ is focussing on a new element which represents another new dimension in beam expansion. Learn how to optimize your beam expansion performance for a wavelength range from 500 nm to 1600 nm by compensating wavefront errors and divergence.

Read the entire article here (click on the picture):
asphericon_strahlaufweitung_beam expansion

 

For further information:

Jens Stoller
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: sales[at]asphericon.com

Aspheres made from chalcogenide24.03.2015
Optimized production process enables series production of chalcogenide glasses with the utmost precision.

The world’s leading provider of highly precise aspherical optical components is successfully concluding extensive process optimization for the manufacture of aspheres made from chalcogenide materials (IG glasses). The new process includes the qualification for individual and series production, as well as ensuring the highest quality levels.

“With our development, we are reacting to demand for high-quality IR materials, which has been increasing for some time,” explains CEO Sven R. Kiontke. “asphericon is in the comfortable situation of being able to map the entire value-creation process from the initial enquiry and stable optical design through to the precise manufacture and interferometric measurement without using CGHs. Internally, we place particular value on observing the applicable environmental and occupational health and safety directives when handling IR materials.”

The new manufacturing technology enables shape defects of less than 20 nm RMS and surface roughness of less than 3 nm (see fig. 1). The interferometric measuring instruments used cover all asphere shapes up to a diameter of 420 mm.

Interferometrische Vermessung einer IR-Asphäre aus Chalkogenidglas
Fig. 1: Interferometric measurement of an IR asphere made from chalcogenide glass

Chalcogenide glasses impress thanks to good transmission and a low temperature dependence of the refractive index. They are thus particularly well-suited to producing color-corrected and thermally insensitive IR systems. Chalcogenide glasses are used in thermal imaging cameras, night vision equipment, spectrometers, and sensor and automotive applications.

 

For further information

Dr. Thomas Hegenbart
Phone: +49-3641-3100500
Fax: +49-3641-3100501
e-mail: sales[at]asphericon.com