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Precision Optics

Precision Quartz and Birefringent Components

Key Features

  • Large apertures up to 150mm
  • High damage threshold
  • High optical transmission
  • 193nm-2500nm transmission range
  • In house coating facility
  • Precision manufactured to exacting specifications


Birefringent materials include quartz, sapphire, magnesium fluoride, mica, mylar, etc. One of the core strengths is the ability to control all of the processes that are critical to crystal quartz manufacturing. From material selection, to precision cutting and polishing through to optical coating, Gooch and Housego’s products offer the highest optical quality and optimum performance for the most demanding applications.

The crystal quartz based products can be used in the UV, visible and near-IR regions of the optical spectrum and include wave plates, optical rotators, and retardation plates.