SiC Fast Steering Mirrors & Specialty Flat Optics

AOS manufactures custom and OEM SiC optics for fast steering mirrors, scan mirrors and precision wafer handling equipment.

Fast steering mirrors (FSM) are essential components required in high value military hardware and industrial instrumentation applications. AOS SiC fast steering mirrors are currently used in tracking, scanning, pointing, line of sight stabilization and alignment. Silicon Carbide provides exceptional stiffness enabling high acceleration and rapid passive dissipation of heat necessary for High Energy Laser (HEL) applications.

Designs and coatings are qualified for airborne, space, and land applications. AOS SiC optics have space heritage. AOS is the largest US producer of SiC scanning products with capacity to produce thousands of units per year. Our engineering staff works with your product developers to optimize materials and specifications for reliable supply chain support and guaranteed quality. Talk to our experts today to find out how we can raise the performance bar for you.

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AOS is today’s premier supplier of silicon carbide optics

AOS produces thousands of scan mirrors every year

Silicon carbide optics – the material for optics with the highest combination of specific stiffness (E/ρ) and thermal stability (k/α). High specific stiffness, high thermal conductivity and low thermal expansion make SiC an ideal material for maintaining both optical and mechanical performance in rapidly changing thermal environments. SiC Optical Mirrors resist dynamic & gravitational deflection and enable sustained athermalized optical performance in thermally variable environments.

Key Benefits of Scan Mirrors

The Ultimate Opto-Mechanical Combination

Benefits of SiC for mirrors

  • Resistance to dynamic & gravitational deflection
  • Fast thermal stabilization
  • Low roughness – low scatter surfaces
  • Lightweight
  • Integrated mechanical fasteners
  • OEM and custom designs
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Quality Control

Our products are quality controlled at four separate stages

  • Post-sintering aspect ratio tolerance and micro-crack inspection. Inspected parts are traceable with unique ID markings for product type and serial number.
  • Post-polishing metrology and interferometry
  • Post-coating interferometry check
  • Post-coating reflection, environmental, abrasion and adhesion tests

All OEM product Quality Control data is provided to the customer. Standard product Quality Control details are available on request.

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