Northumbria Optical Coatings Ltd

Temperature Shift

The CWL of an interference filter shifts with variations in temperature due to thermal expansion and contraction of the materials used in the construction. This shift is very small and can usually be ignored for filters operating in a normal temperature environment. In general the filter characteristics shift to longer wavelengths with increasing temperature (positive temperature coefficient), but some filters manufactured by NOC use evaporation materials which have a negative temperature coefficient and hence exhibit a shift to shorter wavelengths with increasing temperature.


Cryogenic Temperatures

When cycled, or used between ambient and cryogenic temperatures, optical coatings can sometimes be subjected to severe mechanical stress. NOC manufacture filters specifically for use at low temperatures by using production techniques which increases coating adhesion and ensures successful operation at these low temperatures. Each filter and/or witness piece is cyclically tested between 300K and 77K before despatch.


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