Optical Beam Splitter Optics

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Custom Optical Beamsplitters

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Laser Line Beam Splitter Manufacturing


We produce light beam splitter optics in the UV, visible, and MWIR for your specific need. These combine high extinction ratio and damage threshold for use in laser application. These polarizers exhibit up to 10,000:1 extinction ratio and greater than 98% transmission for P-polarization. Our damage threshold and excellent mechanical durability provide long operational lifetimes. Polarizing beam splitter cube can be used for laser line or broadband applications. We can design our optical beamsplitters for a range of industries.

Types of Beamsplitters

PFG offers an extensive variety of plate beamsplitters from UV to MWIR in a wide selection of sizes, glass types, surface quality, and a polarization state. We use optical beamsplitters with unpolarized light sources, such as polychromatic. Commonly in these applications polarization state is not important. Ranging from neutral density to dichroic to bandpass, including both polarizing and non-polarizing beamsplitter, we can customize them. These beamsplitters can be applied to right angle prisms, wedge, Penta, or rhomboids and may be optically cemented or chemically contacted for improved laser damage threshold.

Dichroic beamsplitters can split incident light by wavelength. These range from laser beam combiners we design for laser wavelengths to broadband cols and hot mirrors for splitting visible and infrared light.

Plate Beam Splitter

Plate Beam Splitters

Cube Beam Splitter

Cube Beam Splitter

Polarizing Beam Splitter

Polarizing Beam Splitter

Laser Line Beam Splitter

Laser Line Beam Splitter

Optical Beamsplitter Manufacturer

Whether using continuous polishers or double-side polishers, we confidently select the optimal process technology, and adhesion and blocking method (pitch, tape/wax or optical contacting) for your specifications. Our polishing technicians clearly understand that substrate type, dimensions, blocking method and material, final shaping, aspect ratio and optical coating, all significantly impact the end result. For wedged optics, we have an extensive inventory of tooling, in many instances allowing us to avoid tooling charges and to reduce delivery times.

Optical coatings range from the deep ultraviolet through the mid-wave infrared. We have a dielectric coating, metallic coating, and dichroic mirrors; as well as notch, edge, color substrate, and neutral density filters. A dichroic mirrored prism assembly uses dichroic coatings to divide an incoming beam of light into multiple spectrally distinct output beams. We also offer anti-reflection coating for most of our optical components.

So emission image splitters can split an image in a camera sensor because of wavelength, amplitude, and polarization. Many beam splitters have only 2 output ports, but some beam splitters have multiple outputs. So this optical device may be realized based on diffractive optics.

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Polarizing Beam Splitters

Cube Beamsplitters

Cube beamsplitters are actually two halves of a cube cemented together from one corner to the opposite one. From the top, it looks like a square with a diagonal line through it.

We coat the hypotenuse angle of one of the prisms making up the “half-cube” in a reflective material such as silver, aluminum, or gold. Then we glue both halves together. To keep track of the side that light enters there’s usually an indicator mark at the bottom. So fiber-optic interferometers use fiber-optic splitters.

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Plate Beamsplitters

While less expensive, window or plate beamsplitters have their place and are no less useful than cube beamsplitters. Plate beamsplitters are more compact and lighter, which could be just what you’re looking for in a microscopy setup.

Because there’s no cement used, they can also tolerate a higher intensity beam than most cube beamsplitters are capable of. Instead of damaging the cement, it just passes through the plate beamsplitter designs and reflects off the surface with little physical effect over time. In this sense, they’re much more durable in use. So the correct orientation for a plate beamsplitter is for the laser to first contact the beamsplitter coating.

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Beamsplitting With Custom Optics

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Simple beamsplitting can be done with a clear plastic lid and a keychain laser. That doesn’t mean you should. We has been manufacturing precision custom optics for decades. It’s literally in our blood, with four generations represented in the company. Custom optics manufacture is what we do and we are also passionate about doing it right.

Whether you’d like custom lenses, optical flats, or beamsplitters with wedge prisms, pentaprisms, rhomboids, pellicle mirror, or more, we can help from consultation to the final product. So get in touch with us about your optics project requirements today!

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