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Polka Dot Beamsplitters


  • Constant Reflection to Transmission Ratio Over Range
  • 50:50 Beamsplitters
  • Metal Coating is Relatively Insensitive to Incident Angle

BPD254S-G

(1" x 1", B270 Glass Substrate)

BPD5254-G01

(Ø1", CaF2 Substrate)

BPD7254-M01

(Ø1", ZnSe Substrate)

BPD508-FS

(Ø2", UVFS Substrate)

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Polka Dot Coating
Detail of Aluminum Coating Pattern
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Features

  • 50:50 Beamsplitting Over Broad Transmission Range
    • UVFS: 250 nm to 2.0 µm
    • B270: 350 nm to 2.0 µm
    • CaF2: 180 nm to 8.0 µm
    • ZnSe: 2.0 to 11.0 µm
  • Four Substrate Options: UV Fused Silica, B270 Glass, Calcium Fluoride (CaF2), or Zinc Selenide (ZnSe)

Thorlabs' 50:50 Polka Dot Beamsplitters offer a nearly constant beamsplitting ratio over their entire specified spectral range. They consist of a vacuum-deposited metal coating on one of four substrates: UV Fused Silica, B270, CaF2, or ZnSe. Due to their metal coatings, they can be used through a wide range of incident angles with only negligible changes to the reflected and transmitted intensity. To view wavelength- and angle-dependent reflection and transmission data, please click on the graph icons in the tables below.

The metal coating is applied in a regularly repeating array, which lends the beamsplitter its "polka dot" appearance, as shown to the right. Light is reflected by the metal-coated portion of the beamsplitter and transmitted through the uncoated portion of the beamsplitter. To maximize the reflected intensity, light should be incident on the coated side of the beamsplitter. The square dots have 0.0040" (100 µm) [UVFS, B270, and CaF2] or 0.0042" (107 µm) [ZnSe] sides. The spacing between the dots is 0.0022" (56 µm) [UVFS, B270, and CaF2] or 0.0018" (46 µm) [ZnSe] in all directions.

Polka dot beamsplitters are typically used at a 45° angle relative to the incident beam as shown in the diagram above. Our polka dot beamsplitters transmit 50% ± 5% (±10% for ZnSe) when a beam is larger than 2 mm in diameter.

The Ø1" and Ø2" polka dot beamsplitters can be mounted into any of our Ø1" and Ø2" optic mounts, respectively. The 1" square beamsplitters can be held in a fixed filter mount like our DH1 Compact Dual Filter Holder.

Thorlabs also offers a family of plate beamsplitters with dielectric coatings. For more information on selecting a beamsplitter, please see the BS Selection Guide tab.

Thorlabs' portfolio contains many different kinds of beamsplitters, which can split beams by intensity or by polarization. We offer plate and cube beamsplitters, though other form factors exist, including pellicle and birefringent crystal. Many of our beamsplitters come in premounted or unmounted variants. Below is a complete listing of our beamsplitter offerings. To explore the available types, wavelength ranges, splitting/extinction ratios, transmission, and available sizes for each beamsplitter category, click More [+] in the appropriate row below.

Non-Polarizing Beamsplitters

Plate Beamsplitters
Cube Beamsplitters
Pellicle Beamsplitters
  • 45° AOI Unless Otherwise Noted

Polarizing Beamsplitters

Plate Beamsplitters
Cube Beamsplitters
Birefringent Crystal Beamsplitters
  • Mounted in a protective box, unthreaded ring, or cylinder.
  • Available unmounted or mounted in a protective box or unthreaded cylinder.

Other Beamsplitters

Other Beamsplitters

Posted Comments:
Ivo Aubrecht  (posted 2019-06-18 08:27:22.74)
Do you also sell beam splitters with uniform metallic coatings (no patterning)? with the same performance (approx. 50:50) in an angular range 5 - 45 deg?
YLohia  (posted 2019-06-18 08:48:19.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. We will reach out to you directly to discuss the possibility of offering this item.
nikita.levichev  (posted 2018-08-21 13:54:48.983)
Hello! I want to use Polka-Dot beamsplitters for the process monitoring (VIS-NIR). Are there any distortions in image quality after such splitting? And what is the average size of aluminum coating parts?
YLohia  (posted 2018-08-21 09:01:36.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. There are indeed distortions in image quality after splitting. The feature size is 100 um x 100 um with a 56 um spacing between the metal coated squares (for UVFS, B270, and CaF2 substrates). I will reach out to you directly to discuss your application further and suggest suitable alternatives based on your requirements.
robert.woodward  (posted 2018-02-07 14:47:18.64)
Please could you provide the polarisation dependence of this product (I'm particularly interested in: BPD5254-G01). How does this compare to your other mid-IR beamsplitters (and is there any information on damage thresholds too please?). Many thanks.
YLohia  (posted 2018-03-29 01:14:12.0)
Response from Yashasvi at Thorlabs USA: Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. S-polarization state will impact the average reflectance and average transmission by roughly +5% and -5%, respectively. P-polarization state will impact the average reflectance and average transmission by roughly -5% and +5%, respectively. I will reach out to you directly with plots for comparison with other mid-IR beamsplitters. Unfortunately, we have not performed damage threshold tests for this product line as of now. An estimate for the damage threshold can be provided by looking up our general damage threshold for our aluminum coating (0.3 J/cm2 at 1064 nm, Ø1.00 mm pulsed beam, 10 ns pulses @ 10 Hz), but since we have not performed specific tests for this product line as of now, we advise to err on the side of caution.
maxirossa  (posted 2017-10-03 07:19:25.47)
What are the laser-induced damage thresholds of the polka dot beamsplitters, especially the BPD5254-G01 and the BPD254-FS? Thanks in advance.
nbayconich  (posted 2017-10-05 01:05:37.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. At the moment we have not tested these optics. I will reach out to you directly to discuss your application requirements of these polka dot beamsplitters.
kaiqianglin  (posted 2017-06-14 05:03:42.573)
Hey, do you have any data about the polarization dependency on reflection of s and p components at 45 degree incident? We want to use it as a non-polarizing beam splitter. Many thanks.
nbayconich  (posted 2017-06-15 05:07:56.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. There is some polarization dependency in these polka dot beamsplitters. I will contact you directly about our S and P polarization reflectivity & transmission measurements.
Thorlabs  (posted 2010-11-29 14:23:17.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to bung: we do not have information regarding the dispersive properties of our polka dot beamsplitters. Also, I will check with our optics department regarding the details about the dot sizes and the spacing, and their relationship with the beam diameter, which is recommended to be limited to 2 mm at minimum. We will contact you directly with mnore information.
bung  (posted 2010-11-22 23:20:49.0)
Hi, I am concerned about the dispersive properties of the polka dots on the beam splitter. Moreover, I am concerned about the correlation between the dot sizes and the minimum beam size acceptable. Is it in fact possible to present some calculation data, as to why the dots are the size and spacing? Thank you.
apalmentieri  (posted 2009-12-14 14:34:03.0)
A response from Adam at Thorlabs, Inc: From your description, I believe you are asking about the dispersive properties of the AL coating in which case you will not see any dispersive effects from the AL coating. I will email you shortly to try and get more information about your setup to see if we can provide anymore information.
gmp1g09  (posted 2009-12-14 12:28:09.0)
Sorry, there was a misunderstanding. I meant spectral interference, not spatial interference. I mean, I dont care if the wavefront is spatially distorted and the two beams dont interfere spatially. The only think important for me is that each wavelenght of one broadband beam interfere with the same wavelenght of the other beam. Is it possible with polka dot? Thanks for your patience. Giorgio
apalmentieri  (posted 2009-12-14 12:01:13.0)
A response from Adam at Thorlabs: I would not recommend using the polka dot beamsplitter inside an interferometer. The polka dot beamsplitter splits the beam via small reflective AL squares on a transmissive substrate. These squares create a speckled beam pattern distorting the overall wavefront. This distorted wavefront is not suitabel for an interferometer. I would recommend looking at the cube or plate beamsplitters, BS013 or BSW10.
gmp1g09  (posted 2009-12-12 14:48:04.0)
Hello, please advise if "polka dot" BS can be used in an interferometer (either Michelson or Mach Zehender interferometers). In general I am looking for BS that has no (or low) polarisation sensitivity and very broad band (600nm up to 1600nm). I need that the two beams which combine each other in the interferometer would be allowed to correctly interfere in the polka dot beamsplitter/combiner. Is it ok the polka dot for generating interference between two beams? Dr. Giorgio Ponzo ORC (Optoelectronics Research Centre) Southampton (UK)
Tyler  (posted 2008-11-05 16:32:29.0)
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs to boris_golberg: We dont currently have a standard product that will meet the specifications that you listed. A member of our technical support department will contact you to discuss your application and discuss the possibility of creating a custom part quote. Thank you for sending Thorlabs your product request. We love to hear about new products and when possible we add them to our product line so that they become a standard product with same-day shipping availability.
boris_golberg  (posted 2008-10-27 02:54:04.0)
Hello, please advise if "polka dot" BS can be use for imaging application (microscope). Ratio I need T/R = 10/90, imaging use reflection part. In general I am looking for BS that has no (or low) polarisation sensitivity @ 193 nm with T/R = 10/90. Please advise

UV Fused Silica Polka Dot Beamsplitters: 250 nm - 2.0 µm

Specifications
Available SizesØ1", Ø2", or 1" Square
Beamsplitting Ratio50% ± 5%
Minimum Beam Diameter
for 50/50 Split
2 mm
MaterialUV Fused Silica
Wavelength Range250 nm - 2.0 µm
Coating PatternSquare-Coated Apertures
0.0040" (100 µm) Sides, 0.0022" (56 µm) Spacing
Clear Aperture>90% Diameter (Round Optics)
>90% Length and Height (Square Optics)
Thickness1.5 mm (Nominal)
Dimensional Tolerance+0.0 / -0.5 mm
Angle of Incidence0 to 45°

These Polka Dot Beamsplitters are made from UV Fused Silica (UVFS) and provide high transmission over the 250 nm - 2.0 µm spectral range. They can be used from 0 to 45° AOI with only negligible changes to the reflected and transmitted intensity. Light should be incident on the aluminum-coated side to maximize the reflected intensity.

Transmission and Reflectance Dataa
0° and 8° AOIbinfo
45° AOIinfo
  • Click here for raw data.
  • Transmission is measured at 0° AOI and reflection is measured at 8° AOI.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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BPD254S-FS Support Documentation
BPD254S-FSPolka Dot Beamsplitter, 1" x 1", UV Fused Silica
$149.33
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BPD254-FS Support Documentation
BPD254-FSPolka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø1", UV Fused Silica
$149.33
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BPD508-FS Support Documentation
BPD508-FSPolka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø2", UV Fused Silica
$532.41
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B270 Glass Polka Dot Beamsplitters: 350 nm - 2.0 µm

Specifications
Available SizesØ1", Ø2", or 1" Square
Beamsplitting Ratio50% ± 5%
Minimum Beam Diameter
for 50/50 Split
2 mm
MaterialB270
Wavelength Range 350 nm - 2.0 µm
Coating PatternSquare-Coated Apertures
0.0040" (100 µm) Sides, 0.0022" (56 µm) Spacing
Clear Aperture>90% Diameter (Round Optics)
>90% Length and Height (Square Optics)
Thickness1.5 mm (Nominal)
Dimensional Tolerance+0.0 / -0.5 mm
Angle of Incidence0 to 45°

These Polka Dot Beamsplitters are made from B270 glass and provide high transmission over the 350 nm - 2.0 µm spectral range. They can be used from 0 to 45° AOI with only negligible changes to the reflected and transmitted intensity. Light should be incident on the aluminum-coated side to maximize the reflected intensity.

Transmission and Reflectance Dataa
0° and 8° AOIbinfo
45° AOIinfo
  • Click here for raw data.
  • Transmission is measured at 0° AOI and reflection is measured at 8° AOI.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
BPD254S-G Support Documentation
BPD254S-GPolka Dot Beamsplitter, 1" x 1", B270 Glass
$112.54
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BPD254-G Support Documentation
BPD254-GPolka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø1", B270 Glass
$112.54
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BPD508-G Support Documentation
BPD508-GPolka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø2", B270 Glass
$296.50
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CaF2 Polka Dot Beamsplitters: 180 nm - 8.0 µm

Specifications
Available SizesØ1" or Ø2"
Beamsplitting Ratio50% ± 5%
Minimum Beam Diameter
for 50/50 Split
2 mm
MaterialCaF2
Wavelength Range 0.18 - 8.0 µm
Coating PatternSquare-Coated Apertures
0.0040" (100 µm) Sides, 0.0022" (56 µm) Spacing
Clear Aperture>90% Diameter
Surface Flatnessλ/4 at 632.8 nm, Over Clear Aperture
Surface Quality60-40 Scratch-Dig
Thickness5 ± 0.3 mm (Ø1" Optics)
8.0 mm (Ø2" Optics)
Diameter Tolerance+0.0 / -0.2 mm
Angle of Incidence0 to 45°

These Polka Dot Beamsplitters are made from Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) and provide high transmission over the 180 nm - 8.0 µm spectral range. They can be used from 0 to 45° AOI with only negligible changes to the reflected and transmitted intensity. Light should be incident on the aluminum-coated side to maximize the reflected intensity.

Transmission and Reflectance Dataa
0° and 12° AOIbinfo
45° AOIinfo
  • Click here for raw data.
  • Transmission is measured at 0° AOI and reflection is measured at 12° AOI.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
BPD5254-G01 Support Documentation
BPD5254-G01Customer Inspired! Polka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø1", CaF2 Substrate
$370.09
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BPD5508-G01 Support Documentation
BPD5508-G01Customer Inspired! Polka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø2", CaF2 Substrate
$580.01
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ZnSe Polka Dot Beamsplitter: 2.0 - 11.0 µm

Specifications
Size Ø1"
Beamsplitting Ratio 50% ± 10%
Minimum Beam Diameter
for 50/50 Split
2 mm
Material ZnSe
Wavelength Range 2.0 - 11.0 µm
Coating Pattern Square-Coated Apertures
0.0042" (107 µm) Sides, 0.0018" (46 µm) Spacing
AR Coating (Both Sides)a 2 - 11 µm, Ravg ≤ 3.5% @ 45° AOI
Clear Aperture >90% Diameter
Surface Flatness λ/4 at 632.8 nm, Over Clear Aperture
Surface Quality 60-40 Scratch-Dig
Thickness 5.0 mm
Angle of Incidence 0 to 45°
  • Both sides of this beamsplitter are AR coated. The reflected beam contains contributions from the non-gold-coated parts of the substrate.

This Polka Dot Beamsplitter is made from Zinc Selenide (ZnSe) and provides high transmission over the 2.0 - 11.0 µm spectral range. It can be used from 0 to 45° AOI with only negligible changes to the reflected and transmitted intensity. Light should be incident on the gold-coated side to maximize the reflected intensity.

This beamsplitter has a bare gold polka dot pattern on one side and an engraved arrow indicating the direction of transmission on its edge. Please only use compressed air to clean this optic. All other cleaning materials could damage the polka dot pattern.

When handling optics, one should always wear gloves. This is especially true when working with zinc selenide, as it is a hazardous material. For your safety, please follow all proper precautions, including wearing gloves when handling these lenses and thoroughly washing your hands afterward.

Thorlabs will accept all ZnSe lenses back for proper disposal. Please contact Tech Support to make arrangements for this service.

Transmission and Reflectance Dataa
0° and 10° AOIb info
45° AOI info
  • Click here for raw data.
  • Transmission is measured at 0° AOI and reflection is measured at 10° AOI.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
BPD7254-M01 Support Documentation
BPD7254-M01Customer Inspired! Polka Dot Beamsplitter, Ø1", ZnSe Substrate
$563.78
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