Prisms are the most varied group of optical components. In general, a prism is a transmitting optical element limited by two surfaces intersecting along a line called the edge of the prism. The edge line makes the refracting angle γ of the prism.
Considering their use, prisms can be divided into two groups:
- dispersion prisms that base on the dispersing properties of the optical material that they are made of
- reflection prisms that base on the reflection phenomenon inside the prism.
Solaris Optics produces many kinds of prisms, made of different materials and of different shapes, including: dispersion prisms, right angle prisms, penta prisms, image rotation prisms, light pipes and homogenizing rods, mounted prisms, retroreflection prisms, penta beam divider, special prismatic splitters and special prisms.
Basic specifications of prisms produced by Solaris Optics:
- substrate material: according to customer requirements
- size: from 4 to 100 mm (standard) to 200 mm (non-standard)
- size tolerance: ±0.1 mm (standard) to ±0.05 mm
- clear aperture: 85% (standard) 90% (non-standard)
- angle accuracy: ±10 arc min (standard) ±0.5 arc min
- pyramid error: ±10 arc min (standard) ±2 arc min
- Flatness (633 nm): 3/2(1) (standard) to 3/0.5(0.25)
- Roughness: P3
- Surface finish (Digs – Scratches): 2 x 0.4; L 1×0.064 (standard), to 2 x 0.1; L 1×0.02
- Coatings: on request
Please browse through the Prisms menu to learn more about specific types of prisms or contact us – we are more than happy to answer your questions!