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We are a world leader in high precision optical manufacturing, delivering custom optics to a wide range of innovators around the globe. Meeting these goals demands the right people. Teamwork, adaptability, and an enthusiastic approach to problem-solving are central to the Optimax culture. But what unites all our employees best is a hunger to continuously learn. We strive to find driven individuals who are committed to lifelong learning; who will continue to add value in their work throughout long and successful careers.



Peter Kupinski

Director of Engineering

Joined Optimax in 2011



In addition to tradeoffs between mirror reflectivity, wavefront, laser-damage threshold, and cost, new low-stress coatings offer weight, geometry, and thermomechanical performance and design flexibility.  

The use of high-power continuous wave (CW) lasers in the emerging directed energy (DE) market has put greater emphasis on the quality of optical coatings.

One third of the exchanged final turning mirrors on the National Ignition Facility have been laser damaged by 3ω (351nm) target backscattered light. The mirrors are spectrally complex hafnia and …

Learn how increasing oxygen partial pressure during deposition improves film stoichiometry, absorption, and laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) at 351 nm.

Completing our suite of deposition equipment, we are developing a new Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) System with different substrate configurations.

Space can be a harsh environment for optical coatings. Optimax has successfully provided antireflection (AR) coatings for a wide range of space applications.

Every optical application requires a “clean” optical surface. However, what defines “clean” is subjective and is based on the needs of the application.  

There are many decisions to make when designing, specifying, manufacturing, and testing optical components for high-energy laser systems — each is a potential failure mechanism that must be understood and …

Optimax has developed a novel optical coating (OTR‐AR). OTR coatings have been demonstrated to provide excellent resistance to latent scratching, staining and dimming of chemically sensitive optical glass surfaces in …

Design, specification, and procurement of optical coatings all benefit when the designer has a good understanding of measurement techniques and uncertainties.



Pete holds an MS in Materials Science from Alfred University and an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester.



Have you read the latest Laser Focus World article on how laser mirror design tradeoffs impact optical system performance? Check it out today!



Pete has been working in precision optics manufacturing since 2003. The majority of his time in optics has been as an engineer or engineering manager working on optical coatings for high-energy laser operations.

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