With 40 years of experience in the optics industry Santec has a deep knowledge of the key manufacturing processes to build lasers, instruments and components that meet the stringent demands for excellence by our customers. By committing to innovation as well as listening to our customer needs, Santec has succeeded in introducing solutions for a broad range of new optical applications. Our drive for Optopia has resulted in steps that reduce the time taken for a product to go from conception to commercial applications.
Thin-film coating is a key elements in most optical products and devices. A variety of coatings, such as anti-reflection (AR), high reflection (HR), partial reflection (PR), and band-pass filters (BPF) are needed for many of our optical components and tunable lasers.
Santec has been developing MEMS based optical components since 2002. We had realized MEMS based VOA (Variable Optical Attenuator) (shown in Fig.1) in 2003 collaborating with Fujita-Toshiyoshi Lab in University of Tokyo. In the early stages of development, wemodified the device design at the university research lab and transferred the modified technology to the MEMS foundry for mass production.
Lasers & Instruments
Santec was the first commercial manufacturer of external cavity tunable lasers. Our first product was released in 1987. Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) for fiber optic telecommunications and high data rate transmission have been the driving forces to improve the performance of our lasers. Today’s products have extremely high performance with wide tuning ranges, high wavelength accuracy, high power and low noise output. Applications are no longer limited to telecoms, but now cover a wide range of scientific disciplines.
Santec has developed and manufactured LC devices as one of core technologies for advanced optical devices and systems. Manufactured using an 8 inch wafer process, Santec LC devices are characterized by a wide viewing angle, high contrast ratio and high reliability resulting from combining vertical aligned nematic (VAN) mode and inorganic LC alignment layer.