Convex spherical lenses are used for focusing light and collimation. Plano-convex (PCX) lenses have one surface with a convex radius of curvature, while the other surface is plano. This is the most common type of convex spherical lenses. With double-convex (DCX) lenses, both surfaces have a convex radius, giving them a shorter focal length than PCX lenses of equal radius of curvature.
The most common materials used for convex spherical lenses are BK7 and UVFS. However, UVFS has various grades and a specific grade of glass should be chosen for specific applications. If you have doubts about which type of glass is best for your application, contact us for an advice you.
Convex spherical lenses are typically coated with e-beam technology so they can reach a reflectivity of R<0.2% per surface, but for more demanding applications sputtering technology is used to achieve a reflectivity of R<0.1%.
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