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Custom Light Pipe Fabrication

Sydor Optics fabricates custom light pipes also known as integrator bars, lightpipe homogenizing rods, or just homogenizers. No matter what you call them, Sydor Optics is a renowned manufacturer of light pipes offering a wide assortment of materials and diverse shapes including: rectangular, square, hexagonal and tapered.

Glass light pipes from Sydor Optics are specially designed to channel light from one end to another utilizing Total Internal Reflection (TIR) to ensure a uniform and evenly homogenized light for all kinds of illumination systems. So whether you’re aiming to uniformly combine light from various sources to increase intensity, develop specific spectral profiles, or otherwise transform non-uniform light into uniform illumination, Sydor Optics can help.

Available Materials

Based upon customer demand, Sydor Optics offers light pipes & homogenizing rods made from the following substrate materials. Of course, if you don’t see a material you need, please contact a Sales Engineer, who will gladly discuss additional options that may be available.


Fused Quartz Light Pipes


Fused Silica Light Pipes


N-BK7® (S-BSL7) Light Pipes

Light Pipe Manufacturing Limits

Manufacturing limits depend upon the part size and substrate material and should be used as a general reference. Please contact a Sales Engineer, who will gladly discuss our capabilities based on your specifications.

Specifications

Measurements

Length / Width ≤ 450mm x 150mm
Thickness ≤ 100mm
Thickness Tolerance ≤ ± 0.01mm
Cosmetics (MIL-PRF-13830B) 60-40 to 10-5
Surface Roughness ≥ 3 Ǻ rms
Wedge Angle ≥ 1 arc minute
Parallelism ≥ 1 arc minute
Perpendicularity ≥ 1 arc minute
Reflected Wavefront Error (RWE) – before coating ≥ 1/20 wave over clear aperture
Transmitted Wavefront Error (TWE)* – before coating > 1/2 wave over clear aperture
Clear Aperture ≤ 95%
*Interferometric Scale Factor (ISF) of 0.5 – Single-Pass

Light Pipe Shapes

Below are some of the standard light pipe shapes that Sydor Optics customers frequently order. Of course, Sydor Optics can manufacture custom optical light pipes — with various shapes and sizes — using CNC Glass Machining or Laser Machining capabilities to meet your specific needs.


Square Light Pipes


Rectangular Light Pipes


Hexagonal Light Pipes


Tapered Light Pipes

Light Pipe Applications


Illumination Systems


Imaging Systems


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