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Front Surface Mirrors

Mirror optics and reflective thin-film coatings

Front surface mirrors have their reflecting layers on the top surface of a glass substrate. Hence, they are also often called first surface mirrors. Such optics are known as optical mirrors because they offer excellent and clear imaging quality. They are used in optical systems and laser applications and offer significantly better imaging properties, flatness, surface quality, and higher reflectivity than ordinary backside-coated mirrors. Below please find links to the datasheets of our first surface mirror products that you can order at almost any time:

 

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SEA-VIS - Enhanced Aluminum Front Surface Mirror (VIS)

Our SEA-VIS front surface mirror consists of an Al-layer with dielectric overcoatings. These overcoatings are used to enhance the reflectivity and protect the Al-thin-film coating. We mainly designed the SEA-VIS for the visible wavelength range. It can also reflect low to medium power laser beams. This first surface mirror is the best choice for volume applications because it offers excellent performance at a low price. We can add and modify the layers to improve the reflectivity for other specific wavelengths. Depending on the thickness, we produce our SEA-VIS up to a size of approx. 800 mm x 1200 mm. More details ...

 

SEA-NIR - Enhanced Aluminum Front Surface Mirror (NIR)

The SEA-NIR front surface mirror is also Al-coated. It has a premium quality glass substrate for the best imaging quality. Just like the SEA-VIS, the mirror optics feature an additional protective and reflectivity-increasing overcoating. We optimized these overcoating layers for enhanced near-infrared reflectivity. In some applications, the SEA-NIR can even replace gold mirrors. Like the SEA-VIS, you can use the SEA-NIR as a laser front surface mirror for small to medium laser power. More details...

 

SEA-UV - Protected Aluminum Front Surface Mirror (UV-VIS-IR)

The SEA-UV front surface mirror series is aluminum-coated and protected only by an ultra-thin protective quartz glass layer (SiO2). This layer is thin enough to keep an excellent UV reflectivity and still thick enough to prevent the coating from oxidization. The mirror optics offer very broadband reflectivity up to the infrared wavelength range. We coat the SEA-UV on glass substrates with mirror quality. More details...

 

SHP-D - Front Surface Mirror for polarized light (VIS)

We based our SHP-D front surface mirrors on high reflection metal-free layers optimized for polarized and unpolarized light and lasers in the VIS range. More details...

 

SHP - Silver-Metal Front Surface Mirror (VIS)

The SHP is a silver-metal coated precision front surface mirror. It provides powerful reflectivity for polarized and unpolarized light. The mirror is based on premium grade glass substrates and has a protective layer preventing the silver coating from oxidization. More details...

 

SHR - Dielectric Front Surface Mirror (VIS)

The SHR first surface mirror features an enormous efficiency and low absorption in the VIS wavelength range. The SHR also is a low-cost laser mirror with very high reflectivity. We apply the SHR-layers to premium-grade borosilicate glass substrates. More details...

 

SHD - Cold Mirror (VIS)

Our SHD cold mirror offers a strong reflectivity in the visible wavelength range and is heat-permeable at the same time. It can separate the IR from the VIS spectrum and provides excellent imaging quality. We deposit the SHD-coating on selected borosilicate glass substrates, which enables the mirror to withstand high-temperature environments. More details...

 

DST - Beamsplitter Plates / Partially transmitting Mirror (VIS)

We designed the precision DST divider mirror for random polarization. However, it can also work in laser applications, and it is available with different dividing ratios. We optimized the partially transparent layer system of the optics for the VIS region. The DST divider mirror has an additional AR-coating on the backside. It has virtually no ghost imaging effects and offers excellent and clear image quality. More details...

 

SIR - Heat Reflecting Hot Mirror

Our SIR heat-reflecting hot mirror can be operated as an IR front surface mirror for wavelengths up to 1100 nm and is highly transparent in the visible. We deposit the SIR coatings on premium-quality borosilicate glass materials. Besides the primary use as a heat filter, it also works for eye-tracking and other medical applications. More details...

 

SIR-IR - Hot-Mirror with extended blocking range

The SIR-IR works similarly to the SIR hot-mirror but has an extended reflection range in the infrared spectrum, allowing broader blocking of heat radiation. The IR-reflection of SIR-IR is less effective, but it has a higher bandwidth than our SIR. More details...

 

SUV - Ultraviolet Cold Mirror

Our SUV-UV-cold mirror offers ultraviolet reflectivity as well as heat transmission. More details...

 

TDS - Spy Mirror - "One-Way-Mirror" - "Smart Mirror"

The TDS is a partially transmitting first-surface glass-based spy mirror that appears transparent from one side only at specific contrast ratios. More details...

 

Can't find the front surface mirror you are searching for on our website?

Don't hesitate to request your quotation for your customized optical front surface mirror optics! We can customize each front surface mirror regarding cut-on or cut-off points on a batch basis. We can use other glass substrates and add or modify thin-film coating systems to create almost any custom mirror (dielectric, gold, chrome, other metals) to your application's exacting requirements. For additional information, help, and free support to find the best solution for your application, please click here.

Note: We do not coat mirror coatings on acrylic or plastic substrates, as they usually can't offer the imaging quality possible with glass. Also, acrylic does not withstand higher thermal loads. We generally only fabricate coated glass mirror optics. Also, we don't make conventional backside-coated mirror components for non-optical use. All of the first surface mirror series listed on our website are in stock and available within our 48 h Express Optics Service, allowing the shipping within two business days after receipt of your order (view details here). Each optic we make is custom-sized, so no shopping cart is required. Worldwide express shipping is also available.

 

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