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Optical 45°-Beamsplitters

Special Characteristics

  • Largely color neutral splitting of light, images and lasers
  • Rear side with anti-reflection coating
  • Strong suppression of ghost images (ghosting)
  • Low-loss dielectric optical coating design
  • Non-metallic thin film layers
  • Made for random polarization
  • High optical quality
  • Very large dimensions available (DST500)

Typical Applications

  • Efficient division of light beams, lasers and images
  • Optical reference measurement systems
  • Semi-transparent optics for interferometer systems
  • Laser beamsplitter for up to medium beam powers
  • Sensor technology
  • Teleprompter-mirrors
  • Photonics applications
  • Laser beam-combiners
  • Beamsplitter plates in optical measuring instruments
  • LED-reference measurement technology

Our DST beamsplitters split incoming light into a transmission and a reflection component. The incident light, an image or a laser are partially reflected, as by a mirror, and partially transmitted, as through a window.

Plate beamsplitters used as laser beam dividerThe input surface of our beamsplitter plates has a dielectric thin film coating which determines the division ratio. The backside has a broadband anti-reflection coating that prevents secondary reflections. By this AR-coating, so-called ghost images are nearly completely suppressed. Also losses caused by reflections from the second glass surface nearly do not occur.

Unlike dichroic beamsplitters, such as our SIR hot-mirror and our SHD cold-mirrors, our DST-beamsplitters split light largely color-neutral. The non-metallic construction ensures good durability and abrasion resistance. The dielectric layer system of our semi-transparent mirrors has a very low absorption in the nominal wavelength range. Hence, very little energy is lost by absorption effects, as typical for metal based beam dividers. The substrate materials we use for the DST series are iron-reduced glasses. The result is a low-loss beamsplitter design, which also allows the use in laser applications with small to medium laser power.

Flat laser beam dividing opticsAll DST beam splitters are designed for unpolarized light. In unpolarized light, the polarization directions of all photons in the light beam are uniformly distributed. When using polarized light or a polarized laser, the splitting ratios of the optics may vary from the specifications given. The division-ratios in this data-sheet are defined only for random polarization. This means, all DST beamsplitters are undefined with respect to polarization behaviour or polarization effects. This, however, does not exclude applications with polarized light. Often, the desired splitting ratio can be achieved by choosing a higher or lower nominal division ratio for random polarized light and costs can be drastically reduced compared to a customer-specific coating batch. If you need a beam splitter plate for polarized light or a polarized laser, please contact us. In the case of special requirements for the polarization properties and at a sufficient quantity of production, in most instances we are capable of fabricating a customer-specific polarization-optimized, beamsplitter optics.

In addition to our standard beamsplitters, the DST300, DST500 and DST700 series, the division ratios can be adapted to customer specifications. On a batch basis, cube beam splitters, beamsplitter prisms, NIR-dividers as well as high-power beamsplitters are also possible. Design and manufacturing of polarizing beamsplitter cube optics, as well as polarization obtaining components can also be realized. Such special components are always manufactured according to customer's requirements. They are therefore not listed in detail in our website. Please use our inquiry form to request a quote for such specialty beamsplitters.


How can I purchase the DST beamsplitters?

We are specialized in rapid manufacturing and delivery of our DST-beamsplitters with custom dimensions. Usually, we deliver custom dimensions just as fast or even faster than stock items with fixed dimensions can be delivered by the competition. This also and particularly applies to large production quantities.

If you are in our time zone and there are no queries, you normally will receive our quotation within a few minutes. Our goal is that the beam splitter perfectly fits in your application and not just in a shopping cart.

To request an offer for one of our DST beamsplitters with freely defined dimensions, please click on the button below.


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DST300, transmittance

DST300, spectral transmittance curve for visible wavelengths

DST300 at wavelength 400-700 nm


DST500, transmittance

DST500, typical transmittance for visible wavelengths

DST500 at wavelength 400-700 nm


DST700, transmittance

DST700, typical spectral transmittance for visible light

DST700 at wavelength 400-700 nm


Product Codes

(Reflection (R) : transmission (T),
defined for unpolarized light beam)
  • DST300 (R : T = 70 : 30)
  • DST500 (R : T = 50 : 50)
  • DST700 (R : T = 30 : 70)
  • Other dividing ratios and angles possible on demand

Substrate Materials

Optical Coating Definitions

(Incidence angle i = 45° / random polarization)

  • R : T = 70 : 30 (± 10 %) at wavelengths
    of 450-650 nm
    (Typical ratios for laser applications per inquiry)
  • Rear side with broadband BBAR
  • Stock thickness 1,00 mm (+/-0,1)
  • R : T = 50 : 50 (± 6 %) at wavelengths
    of 450-650 nm
  • R : T = 50 : 50 (± 10 %) at 430-685 nm
    (Typical ratios for laser applications per inquiry)
  • Rear side with broadbwand AR
  • Standard thickness 1,00 mm (+/-0,1)
  • R : T = 50 : 50 (± 10 %) at wavelengths
    of 450-650 nm
  • R : T = 50 : 50 (± 10 %) at 430-700 nm
    (Typical ratios for laser applications per inquiry)
  • Rear side with broadband AR-coating
  • Stock thickness 3,30 mm (+/-0,2)
  • R : T = 30 : 70 (± 8 %) at wavelengths
    of 450-650 nm
  • R : T = 30 : 70 (± 10 %) at 400-700 nm
    (Typical ratios for laser beam use per inquiry)
  • Rear side BBAR-coated
  • Stock tk. 1,00 mm (+/-0,1)


  • Depending on material, thickness and shape
    (flat, cube, prism etc.)

Damage Threshold

  • Depending on laser beam diameter and laser power (Please send an inquiry if relevant)

Surface Quality

  • Typically better than 80-50 scratch & dig
  • Other per inquiry


  • up to approximately 630 mm x 810 mm
    (flat beam splitter optics only. Cube -, polarizing -, non-polarizing - or prism beam splitters etc. are not feasible with such large dimensions. Please discuss the limits with our engineers.)

Other Specifications

  • Adherence according to MIL-C-675 C (tape test)
  • Abrasion resistance referred to MIL-M-13508 C


All given details and specifications are mean reference values and are not guaranteed. In addition, please consider our "Notes on technical specifications"