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Front Surface Mirrors, Mirror Optics

Summary of our reflecting mirror optics

Front surface mirrors are mainly used in optical applications. The difference compared to ordinary backside coated mirrors is, that the reflective thin film coating is located on the top surface of a glass substrate. This means, the incident light is reflected directly by the front surface of the mirror. Therefore, the image does not have to pass through a glass twice to be reflected. This way the image retains a much higher quality and is free of ghost imaging. In contrary to a front surface mirror, the coating of a conventional mirror is located on the backside surface of the substrate material. This is resulting in a poor imaging quality caused by secondary reflection of the uncoated glass, which the image has to pass twice before it is reflected. The original image is overlaid with a second image of lower intensity, resulting in a blurry or unprecise picture. These unwanted effects are completely avoided with our high quality optical front surface mirror optics, which in addition feature a much better reflectivity, flatness and image quality than conventional mirrors offer. Below, please find a list of links to a selection of our optical front surface mirrors. Follow the links to the respective data-sheets that contain technical information about our listed front surface mirror coatings which are all based on high quality substrates. You will find the optical characteristics and the reflection curves in these data-sheets. In addition, you have the possibility to request and order each of the listed front surface coated mirrors at custom dimensions. Please follow the links to view the data-sheets of each of the front surface mirrors described below:

 

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SEA-VIS Enhanced Aluminum Front Surface Mirror (VIS)

The SEA-VIS is an aluminum front surface mirror with an additional dielectric over coating. It is an economically priced technical grade mirror and it is optimized for reflectivity in the visible range. This high quality front surface mirror series is a good choice for machine vision, office machines, projection- and laser applications and in all cases, when cost is a critical factor. The SEA-VIS mirror coating is applied to the top surface of a selected mirror grade float glass. This mirror is the best choice for high volume applications. The SEA-VIS is also available at large dimensions for optics that need to have a big size. more...

 

SEA-NIR Enhanced Aluminum Front Surface Mirror (NIR)

The SEA-NIR aluminum coated front surface mirror is using additional dielectric layers to enhance reflection in the near infrared range. The mirror is coated on selected float glass substrates. SEA-NIR mirrors can be an economically priced alternative to gold mirrors for near infrared or infrared applications. more...

 

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

The SEA-UV aluminium first surface mirror has a single, very thin, protective SiO2 over coating. This protective quartz layer allows UV-light to be transmitted and therefore to be reflected by the aluminum thin film. The front surface mirror is primarily designed to reflect ultraviolet light, but also reflects the infrared and can therefore be a solution for broadband mirror applications. The SEA-UV mirror is coated on mirror grade glass. more...

 

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

Our SHP-D mirror is based on dielectric coatings which allows an enormous reflectivity in the visible range. It is made to reflect S- & P-polarized as well as unpolarized light. This front surface mirror is based on a borosilicate glass substrate. more...

 

SHP Silver Metal Front Surface Mirror (VIS)

The SHP is a metallic silver coated front surface mirror. Silver offers a very strong visible reflectivity for polarized & unpolarized light and a wide range of incidence angles. more...

 

SHR High Reflection Dielectric Front Surface Mirror (VIS)

Our SHR is a highly efficient optical mirror with a 100 % dielectric construction. It offers a strong reflection for unpolarized light and can be used for some low loss laser applications at relatively low cost compared to high-end laser mirrors. The front surface mirror is deposited on borosilicate glass with a mirror grade quality. more...

 

SHD Dielectric Cold Mirror (VIS)

The SHD is a heat transmitting cold mirror, mainly designed for lighting use. All SHD front surface mirror coatings are coated on temperature resistant borosilicate glass. They cut out the infrared wavelengths by transmiting the heat energy. more...

 

DST Beamsplitter / Partially transmitting Mirror (VIS)

Our DST beamsplitters are largely color neutral, partially transmissive mirrors with an anti-reflection coated back surface. They are often used for image splitting and they are made for the use as a laser beam divider. The DST500 can be made up to a size of approximately 635mm x 810mm. more...

 

SIR Dielectric Heat Reflecting Front Surface Hot Mirror

Our SIR is a highly efficient heat/light separating mirror. It transmits the visible wavelength range and is reflective for the near infrared. The mirror is deposited on borosilicate glass which is temperature resistant and has a high quality. more...

 

SIR-IR Dielectric Hot Mirror, Extended Blocking Range, Series

The SIR-IR is a broadband infrared blocking heat reflecting mirror. It is optimized for a wide band reflection of the IR-range and for a good visible transmission to offer the best technically possible compromise. It is coated on borosilicate glass substrates. more...

 

SUV Dielectric Ultraviolet Front Surface Mirror

The SUV coatings are dielectric mirrors, constructed to reflect the ultraviolet light range. The mirror offers heat transmission and are made mainly for for lighting use. The SUV front surface mirror is based on a borosilicate glass substrate. more...

 

Spy Mirror, "One-Way-Mirror", TDS-Series

The TDS mirror is a partially transmitting front surface mirror, that under special contrast conditions appear to be transparent from only one side. This mirror is new in our delivery program and the chrome layer which this mirror is based on is coated on float glass. more...

 

Can't find the front surface mirror you need on our web site?

Don't hesitate to request your individual quotation for your custom made optical front surface mirror! We can customize each front surface mirror in regards to the cut-on or cut-off points on a per coating run order basis. We can use other substrate materials and add or modify each thin film layer system to create almost any custom mirror coating (gold, chrome, other metal or dielectric coatings) to your exacting requirements. For additional information and free support, just click here.

Note: We do not coat mirrors based on acrylic or plastic substrates. We only coat glass. Also, we don't make backside coated mirrors for non-optical use at all. All of the optical front surface mirror series listed on our web site are available within our 48h-Express Optics Service and can be shipping within two business days after receipt of order (view details here). Worldwide express shipping is available on request.