Cylindrical Lenses

Cylindrical lenses are used to condense, focus or expand light in a single dimension. Typical applications include laser scanners, holography, optical information processing/computing, spectroscopy, dye lasers, and scanning confocal microscopy. Cylindrical lenses are more challenging to manufacture than flat or spherical optics, which is why we employ best-in-class polishing techniques and exacting metrology to make every lens. We offer catalog, semi-custom, and fully customized lenses to take you from proof of concept through to volume manufacturing or final data, available with any of our high durability, low loss AR coatings.
  • Plano-Convex Cylindrical Lenses

    Used to condense light in one dimension only. Positive cylindrical lenses can focus input collimated light to a line, transform a point of light to a line image or change the aspect ratio of an image. Useful for laser line focusing, laser projection, anamorphic beam shaping, and illumination of slit and line detector arrays.

  • Plano-Concave Cylindrical Lenses

    Used to expand light in one dimension only. Negative cylindrical lenses diverge input collimated light away from a line. Useful for laser line generation, anamorphic beam shaping, and one-dimensional compression of images.