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Axicon lenses - Highly precise from asphericon

In contrast to aspheric lenses, the shape of an axicon resembles a cone. Due to the conical shape of the axicon lens so-called bessel beams, ring-shaped beam profiles, can be generated. The diameter of the ring beam depends on the axicon angle and decreases as the distance between the axicon and image plane grows. The ring width remains constant.

Applications of an axicon

The axicon is primarily used in the field of beam shaping and in various laser applications. A particular use is also the generation of non-diffractive Bessel-like beams. An area with almost constant intensity distribution, the length of which is defined by the angle and diameter of the axicon lens, is of interest here. Bessel beams are non-diffractive and ideal for applications in medicine, research, in measuring technology and for adjustments. Specifically, they find use e.g. in optical tweezers and in light sheet [fluorescence microscopy}(/en/solutions/applications/life-science/fluorescence-microscopy/).

In combination with other axicons or lenses, various beam profiles can be generated, such as collimated ring beams and variable ring-shaped focal points.

The optical effect in combination with a laser beam expander, a lens or a second axicon is shown below.

Optical effect of an axicon in combination with other optical elements for generating Bessel beams
Optical effect of an axicon in combination with other optical elements for generating Bessel beams

Combination with another optical element

1. The illumination of the axicon lens is optimized by combining it with a laser beam expander. This makes it possible to vary the length of the generated Bessel beam.
2. The diameter of the generated ring focus is defined by the focal length of the lens used. The generation of ring-shaped foci is used in material processing and in eye surgery, for example.
3. A collimated ring-shaped beam is generated by combining two axicons with the same angle. The diameter of the beam changes with the distance between both elements.

Effect with a third optical element

4. This setup enables the focal width of an asphere to be reduced, whereby focusing below the diffraction limit is possible. This is made possible by the ring-shaped illumination of the asphere.
5. The setup shown is suitable to improve the focus quality of a spherical lens. Through what is known as zonal decompensation, the ring-shaped illumination of individual zones of the lens, effects of spherical aberration are eliminated and focusing is thus improved.
6. This setup is used to generate variable ring foci. By moving the second axicon, the diameter of the ring focus can be adjusted.

Axicons from asphericon

Based on high-end technologies asphericon manufactures axicons with surface shape deviations (RMSi) of up to 0.04 µm. Together with our customers, we develop and produce suitable solutions from a large selection of optical glasses, from prototypes to series production. Take advantage of individual custom solutions,optical coatings or the innovative variety of stocked axicons from the StockOptics product line. The latter are available with surface deviations of RMSi ≤ 0.07 µm in our webshop.

In order to simplify alignment and achieve optimal imaging results, axicons from asphericon can also be precisely aligned using specially developed mounts. In addition, the mounted axicons, like all mounted optics from asphericon, can be easily screwed to other elements via a metric fine thread. Learn more about the benefits of asphericons mounted lenses.

Thanks to their conical shape, all axicons can be used in a wide variety of applications.

RoHS & REACH conformity

asphericon manufactures according to RoHS and REACH regulations which is guaranteed by appropriate certificates.

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Customer-specific Axicons

Based on your individual specifications, our optical designers develop the right axicon - Thanks to the latest production and measuring technology, a high level of precision is guaranteed. Coated or uncoated, as an unmounted optical component or mounted axicon, almost all optically effective materials with accuracies of up to 200 nm global form errors (irregularities) or 40 nm RMSi are suitable for production using specially developed CNC-controlled grinding and polishing processes. You also benefit from the following specifications:

  • Customer-specific Axicons for the UV/VIS/IR range
  • Individual optical designs for a wide range of applications
  • Excellent surface quality with roughness values as low as 5 Å
  • High-end coatings

Superior quality Superior quality - Surfaces of the highest quality
As a customized solution, asphericon produces convex and concave axicons with irregularities RMSi ≤ 0.05 µm. According to the requirements of our customers, we produce prototypes, small series and series.
Unique technology Unique technology - Precision that exceeds standards
asphericon not only impresses with the most modern manufacturing technologies, but also with unique high-end finishing processes, ultra-precise measurement options and high-quality coating technologies.
Complementary Services Complementary Services - Measurement, coating and optical mount
We produce optical coatings to suit your individual requirements, complete your axicons with high-quality frames and/or characterize them.


Customized Axicons*
Diameter 1 - 420 mm
Diameter Tolerance +/- 0,03 mm
RMS irregularities (RMSi) 40 nm
Surface imperfections (Scratch/Dig) 20-10
Coating Customer specific
Laser damage threshold NA
Measurement (optional) Full-surface interferometric
Delivery time From 3-4 weeks

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StockOptics Axicons

Discover our exclusive selection of off-the-shelf a|Axicons. They are convincing with surface form deviation of RMSi ≤0.07 µm and the following specifications:

  • Available in two diameters (25.4 mm and 50.8 mm)
  • Suitable for high power laser applications
  • Available with 4 standard coatings
  • Delivery directly from stock
  • RoHS compliance

Off-the-shelf delivery Off-the-shelf delivery - Fast availability and short delivery times
The advantages of precision-manufactured axicons combined with the cost advantages of serial production: Axicons from the StockOptics line can easily be ordered directly from stock via our webshop.
High-quality mounts High-quality mounts - Engraved with lens specifications
Perfectly aligned, selected a|Axicons are also available with high-precision mounts and a decentration of < 10 µm. Mounts labeled with the lens specifications allow convenient handling in a wide range of applications.
High-quality coatings High-quality coatings - Standardized or individual
asphericon manufactured optical coatings in the spectral range from UV to the near infrared range, from anti-reflective coatings to wavelength-specific filter layers, to suit your individual requirements.

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Coating options*

A: RMAX <1.0%, RAVG ≤0.4%, 400-600 nm, AOI=0°
B: RMAX <1.0%, RAVG ≤0.4%, 600-1050 nm, AOI=0°
C: RMAX <1.0%, RAVG ≤0.4%, 1000-1600 nm, AOI=0°
X: RMAX <1.0%, RAVG ≤0.4%, 240-380 nm, AOI=0°
* Custom coatings available upon request.

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