Many analytical instruments rely on optical detection methods. Yet, optical laboratory equipment by itself is a very diverse field. Depending on the employed analytical methods, different optical equipment and corresponding optical elements with different performance levels are required. As the equipment design depends on the individual supplier, we discuss some basic components of optical lab equipment and spare parts or auxiliary equipment, that could make a difference in performance.
The performance of optical components of fused silica as view ports, windows or lenses depends foremost on the optical finishing and potentially on the coating. However, choosing the right fused silica can make a difference as well. Absorption in the ppm / cm range can be significant for sensitive measurements.
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