The enhanced aluminum mirrors of our SEA-VIS and SEA-NIR series are protected by reflection-increasing dielectric thin-film layers which are coated on top of a highly reflective metallic aluminum layer. These very thin overcoatings considerably increase the reflectance compared to bare or SiO2-protected aluminum mirrors and protect the aluminum coating from oxidation and scratching.
The aluminum coatings of the SEA-mirrors are vacuum deposited to a high-grade glass substrate material. Because the optically effective mirror surface is located directly on top of the glass substrate our enhanced aluminum mirrors achieve an excellent imaging quality. Ghost images or a phantom laser beams which both are inherent to the functional principle of backside coated mirrors are completely avoided with our enhanced aluminum front surface mirror optics.
Both, the SEA-VIS and the SEA-NIR coatings show much better resistance to humidity and abrasion than silver mirrors.
The SEA-VIS mirrors are economically priced optics. Hence, many high volume applications are based on the SEA-VIS coatings. They have proven to be an ideal choice for projects that require a good optical reflectivity performance in the visible wavelength range and a relative high mechanical stability.
The SEA-NIR mirror coatings have been optimized for applications using near infrared wavelengths. They also are a cost-effective alternative to gold metal mirrors in the NIR and IR spectrum.
For ultraviolet and broadband UV-VIS-IR applications we have developed our SEA-UV-protected aluminum mirrors (separate data-sheet) which only have a protective SiO2 (quartz) coating on top of the metallic aluminum layer.
The SEA mirrors can be used as laser mirrors for beams with up to medium laser powers. Please contact us to learn whether our standard SEA aluminum mirror coatings can be used with your laser beam without modifications.
We can manufacture all of our aluminum front surface mirrors at large dimensions. If required the dielectric overcoating layers can be optimized and modified to enhance the reflectance of the metallic coating for special wavelengths. In case you need such an individually adapted coating please use our coating enquiry-form.
If you want to learn more about our enhanced aluminum SEA-VIS and SEA-NIR front surface mirrors please visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) web page. For additional support please just contact our engineers who will be pleased to help you in the development of individually designed enhanced aluminum mirror optics.
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You may be wondering why there is no shopping cart on our website. The typical delivery time for individually sized mirrors and many other optics is less than a week. This is also possible for larger quantities as our company has specialized in the fast production of mirrors and optics with custom dimensions. Furthermore, we offer our new 48 h express service for a manufacturing and delivery of custom-sized optics within only 2 working days. This is shorter than it usually takes to simply receive a price quotation in the optics industry. And this is quicker than many retail companies can ship their catalog items with fixed dimensions. So the shopping cart is no advantage if you quickly want a part that perfectly fits your needs.
View Reflectance of the SEA-VIS & SEA-NIR
enhanced aluminum mirrors
SEA-VIS (visible range)
|SEA-VIS mirrors at customized thickness|
SEA-NIR (near infrared range)
|SEA-NIR mirrors at customized thickness|
All given details and properties are mean reference values and are not guaranteed. In addition please consider our "Notes on technical specifications"