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ND Filters: Mounted, AR Coated for 350 - 700 nm
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Transmission and Optical Densities of -A Coated ND Filters. The values in the legends are the typical optical densities at 633 nm for each optic prior to coating. The blue shaded region indicates the wavelength range for which the AR coating performance is specified.
Thorlabs is pleased to offer its most popular mounted absorptive neutral density filters with a broadband antireflection coating for the 350 - 700 nm range deposited on both surfaces. The high-performance, multilayer broadband A coating deposited on each filter is designed to minimize surface reflections within the 350 - 700 nm range, thereby reducing the amount of stray light present. These coatings provide an average reflectance that is less than 0.5% over the specified wavelength range when light is normally incident on the filter surface. Typical filter transmission data is available by clicking on the icons in the tables below.
These filters are mounted in engraved SM1L03 Ø1" lens tubes, which are compatible with a wide range of rigid optomechanical parts such as our cage systems and lens tubes. If desired, a mounted filter can be removed from its housing by unscrewing the retaining ring that secures the filter to the mount. Thorlabs offers a range of spanner wrenches that are an ideal match to these retaining rings. These filters are also available unmounted. The equivalent unmounted filter is listed in the drawing for each mounted filter, accessible through the red docs icons () below. Please see the Selection Guide table below all neutral density filter options.
Unlike metallic neutral density filters, each absorptive ND filter is fabricated from one member of a family of Schott glasses (see the Specs tab for more information). Each Schott glass has a spectrally flat absorption coefficient. By varying the type of glass used and the thickness of that glass, we are able to produce our entire line of absorptive ND filters from just four types of Schott glass. See below for detailed information about the average transmission obtained with each of our AR-coated absorptive neutral density filters.
Optical density (OD) indicates the attenuation factor provided by an optical filter, i.e. how much it reduces the optical power of an incident beam. OD is related to the transmission, T, by the equation
OD = log10(1/T), or T = 10-OD
where T is a value between 0 and 1. Choosing an ND filter with a higher optical density will translate to lower transmission and greater absorption of the incident light. For higher transmission and less absorption, a lower optical density would be appropriate. As an example, if a filter with an OD of 2 results in a transmission value of 0.01, this means the filter attenuates the beam to 1% of the incident power. Please note that the transmission data for our neutral density filters is provided in percent (%).
For lab safety, Thorlabs offers an extensive line of safety and blackout products that significantly reduces exposure to stray light.
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ND Filters Being Ground at Our Optics Manufacturing Facility
The shaded regions in the graphs below denote the wavelength range for which the AR coating performance is specified. Click here to download optical density and transmission data. For the transmission and optical density of a particular filter, please click in the row corresponding to the filter in the tables below.