II-VI Incorporated Introduces Industry’s First Aspheric Sapphire Optics for High-Power Industrial Lasers

II‐VI Incorporated (Nasdaq: IIVI), a leader in laser optics and subsystems, today announced the introduction of the industry’s first aspheric sapphire optics for next-generation laser systems that extend far beyond the 10 kW range.

Next-generation industrial lasers for cutting and welding are increasingly achieving output powers in excess of 10 kW, driving laser optics requirements to higher levels of performance and durability. II-VI is first in the industry to manufacture aspheric lenses in high-quality sapphire materials to submicron optical tolerances, enabling the same advanced single-element optical designs more commonly available in fused silica, but with 20x better heat conductivity, greatly reducing the focal shift associated with high-power laser heating. At very high laser power, sapphire optics also last much longer than fused silica optics, reducing the total cost of ownership of laser systems during their service life.