The field of Optics goes back as far as the ancient Egyptians, and Mesopotamians. They may be the world’s oldest optical component manufacturer. Excavations have discovered quartz hand-ground lenses dating back to 700 BC. I am referring to the Layard/Nimrud lens, a 3000-year-old lens that archeologists believe was used by the Assyrians, either as a magnifying glass, a fire-starter, or maybe just a decoration.
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The Greek and Roman empires also tried their hand at becoming an optical component manufacturer. They filled glass spheres with water to create lenses. The amazing thing is that they actually worked, and worked well for what they were. These worked well enough for the Greeks and East Indians to develop theories on the nature of light and vision. By the end of the Greco-Roman age, they had developed the basics of geometrical optics, which is used today by just about every optical components manufacturer.
The fall of Rome created a huge void in the world of science, discovery, and technology. There does not appear to be a single optical component manufacturer anywhere during the Dark Ages. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the Greek and Indian optical knowledge was rediscovered by the Muslim world. In the 13th Century, Roger Bacon re-invented the technique of using glass spheres filled with water as magnifying lenses, making him the first optical components manufacturer since the Roman-Era. Work on theories and technology persevered thought the years and is still on-going, even today.
A modern optical component manufacturer has a tough job in the modern world. High-Tech devices such as LASERS, and military targeting systems require an extremely high level of precision, and it takes an extremely skilled optical components manufacturer to be able to meet the challenge. Modern optical components must meet demanding specifications, and be rigorously tested. Some of the tests include demanding procedures such as Direct Profile Surface Measurements, Direct Surface Surveying, Auxiliary Optics Testing, and Interferometric Testing. Not only does an optical component manufacturer have to test the actual components, but the entire fabrication process is also tested for efficiency and cost-effectiveness. And the finished product has to meet exact standards, such as optical performance, physical requirements such as size, weight, shape, thickness, center-of-gravity, and meet all environmental requirements such as temperature, pressure, vibrations, electromagnetic shielding, etc…
Today, your average optical component manufacturer offers a huge variety of ultra-reliable parts.