Our high quality optical plate beamsplitters of the DST-series split incident light into a transmission and a reflection component. A light beam, an image, or a laser beam are partially reflected as by an optical mirror and partially transmitted as through an optical window.
The input side of the 45°-beam splitter optics is coated with a dielectric thin film coating which determines the optical division ratio. On the back side there is a broadband multi layer anti-reflection coating to prevent secondary reflections. This AR-coating is index matched to air and almost completely suppresses so-called "ghost images" and phantom laser beams of the optics in the visible wavelength range. Hence, optical losses and image overlays caused by reflections from an uncoated glass back side nearly do not occur.
Unlike dichroic beamsplitter optics, such as our SIR Hot Mirror or the SHD cold-mirrors, our DST beamsplitter products operate non-dichroic. Thus, they do not separate different optical spectra from each other or filter out wavelength ranges, but split incident rays in the visible spectrum to a large extent color-neutral.
A non-metallic construction of the optical coatings ensures durability and good abrasion resistance. Furthermore, the dielectric layer system of the semi-transparent mirrors only has very low absorption in the nominal wavelength range. Therefore almost no of energy is lost caused by absorption effects as it is typical for metal based beamsplitter optics.
As substrate materials for the DST optics we use iron-reduced glasses with good optical characteristics. Its low-loss design allows the beamsplitters to be used for laser applications up to medium laser power.
All DST beamsplitter optics are designed for unpolarized light. The polarization directions of all photons in an unpolarized light beam are uniformly distributed which is not the case for polarized light beams. So when used with polarized light or a polarized laser beam, the splitting ratios of the DST-plate beamsplitters may vary from the specifications given. The division ratios in this data-sheet are defined only for random polarization which means that all DST beamsplitters are undefined with respect to polarization behavior or polarization effects. This however, does not exclude optical applications with polarized light. Often the desired splitting ratio can simply be achieved by choosing an existing higher or lower nominal division ratio for random polarized light. The costs can drastically be reduced compared to a custom coating batch in such cases.
If you search for beamsplitter optics for polarized light or a polarized laser beam please let us know the specifications. In the case of special requirements for the polarization properties in most instances we are capable of fabricating customer-specific polarization-optimized beamsplitter optics on a batch basis.
In addition to our standard optical beamsplitters DST300, DST500, and DST700, the division ratios can be adapted to custom specifications. From a certain batch size upwards we can also produce cube beam splitters, beam splitter penta-prisms, NIR dividers, and high-performance beamsplitters. Design and manufacturing of polarizing beam splitter cube optics as well as of polarization obtaining cube beam splitters can also be realized. Please take into account, that such special optical components are always manufactured according to customer's requirements. They are therefore not listed in detail in our website. So if you search for such kind of optics please use our inquiry form to request a quote for a specialty beamsplitters.
We are specialized in rapid manufacturing and delivery of our optical DST-beamsplitters with custom dimensions. Usually we deliver custom dimensions just as fast or even faster than stock optics 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 you get what you need, so that the beam splitter optics perfectly fits in your application. So no need for a shopping cart.
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(Incidence angle i = 45° / random polarization)
All given details and specifications are mean reference values and are not guaranteed. In addition please consider our "Notes on technical specifications"