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Glan-Thompson Polarizers


  • Wide Field of View: 40º Typical
  • Highest Grade Optical Calcite
  • Uncoated and AR-Coated Versions Available

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Item # Prefix GTH5 GTH10
Extinction Ratioa 100 000:1
Substrate High Optical Grade Calciteb
Wavefront
Distortion
≤λ/4 Over Clear Aperture
Surface Qualityc 20-10 Scratch-Dig
Wavelength Range 350 nm to 2.3 µm
Aperture 5.0 mm x 5.0 mm 10.0 mm x 10.0 mm
Dimensions
C 20.6 mm 34.1 mm
D 6.0 mm 11.0 mm
Damage Threshold Specificationsd
Pulsed 2 J/cm² at 1064 nm, 10 ns, 10 Hz, Ø0.476 mm
CWe 2 kW/cm at 1064 nm, Ø0.092 mm
  • For the transmitted beam. The extinction ratio (ER) is the ratio of the maximum transmission of a linear polarized signal when the polarizer’s axis is aligned with the signal to the minimum transmission when the polarizer is rotated by 90°.
  • Click link for detailed specifications on the substrate.
  • For input and output faces. The side ports have 80-50 scratch-dig surface quality.
  • The damage threshold is limited by the cement rather than the coating.
  • The power density of your beam should be calculated in terms of W/cm. For an explanation of why the linear power density provides the best metric for long pulse and CW sources, please see the Damage Thresholds tab.
Unmounted Glan-Thompson Schematic

Features

  • Wide Field of View: 40° Typical (FOV1 + FOV2; See Calcite Tab)
  • High Extinction Ratio: 100 000:1
  • 350 nm to 2.3 μm Operation for Uncoated Prisms
  • AR-Coated Versions for 350 - 700 nm or 650 - 1050 nm Range
  • Highest Grade Optical Calcite
  • Cemented Prisms

Thorlabs' unmounted Glan-Thompson calcite polarizers offer the widest field of view of the calcite polarizers while maintaining a high extinction ratio. These unmounted prisms are ideal for custom applications; versions mounted in a round aluminum housing are also available. The GTH5 polarizers have a 5 mm x 5 mm aperture, while the GTH10 polarizers have a 10 mm x 10 mm aperture.

Both uncoated and coated polarizers are available. The uncoated polarizers are designed for use in the 350 nm to 2.3 μm range, while coated versions are available for the 350 - 700 nm or 650 -1050 nm range. Please see the Graphs tab for coating reflectivity data.

Warning: Calcite is a temperature-sensitive crystal and will crack if it is exposed to thermal shock. Allow the shipping packaging to reach complete thermal equilibrium before opening (6 - 8 hours).

Glan-Thompson polarizers consist of two cemented prisms made from the highest optical grade calcite. Unpolarized light enters the polarizer, then is split at the intersection of the two crystals allowing s-polarized (e-ray) light to continue and p-polarized light (o-ray) to be reflected as shown in the diagram above. Due to the large field of view, these polarizers can be used for highly converging or diverging beams.

Note: As with all Glan-Thompson polarizers, the maximum optical intensity is limited by the cemented prism interface. For high-power applications, Thorlabs offers Glan Laser polarizers, which can handle power densities up to 500 W/cm2 (CW).


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The transmission graph above shows the typical transmission of an uncoated GTH10 Glan-Thompson Calcite Polarizer, including any internal losses. The transmission is valid for linearly polarized light aligned with the mark on the housing of the polarizer. Calcite is a natural material, and thus transmission can vary significantly, particularly in the UV and IR. Consequently, the performance data shown above may vary from lot to lot and is not guaranteed.
Calcite AR Coating Reflectance
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Glan Thompson Field of View Drawing
Glan-Thompson Calcite Polarizer
Polarization-Dependent Refraction - Glan-Thompson Calcite Polarizer

Our calcite polarizers are all based on high-grade, birefringent calcite crystals. Due to the birefringent nature of calcite, waves polarized in the direction of the optical axis propagate with a different index of refraction than waves polarized orthogonally to the optical axis. In our mounted Glan-Thompson polarizers, this birefringence causes the selective reflection and absorption of one polarization state of an incident beam and the transmission of the other orthogonal polarization state. When unpolarized light is incident on the optic, extraordinary rays pass straight through the polarizer while ordinary rays are reflected at an angle that depends on the light's wavelength and the length of the polarizer. The reflected ordinary rays are then scattered and partially absorbed by the optic's housing, resulting in a highly polarized output.

A calcite polarizer can be designed as either a polarization splitter/combiner or as a polarizer element that removes the angled, orthogonally polarized component of a beam. Our calcite polarizers are typically built out of two prisms, as shown in the drawing to the right. Since calcite is a soft crystal that is easily damaged, almost all of our calcite polarizers are offered in metal housings. With convenient threadings and adapters, these housings can easily be mounted into our opto-mechanical products.

Field of View

Calcite polarizers feature a field of view (FOV) that varies with both wavelength and entrance orientation. The FOV of these prisms must be considered during alignment and collimation procedures.

The side that absorbs the ordinary ray has an FOV that decreases as the wavelength increases (FOV 1). The opposite side has an FOV that increases as the wavelength increases (FOV 2). The FOV of Glan-Thompson polarizers is typically greater than the FOV of Glan-Taylor polarizers.

Field of View
Calcite Polarizer Field of View (FOV)

Transmission

Thorlabs uses only the highest quality natural calcite in our polarizing prisms. Typical transmission curves for these polarizers may be found on the Graphs tab. Because calcite is a naturally occuring material, variations in the crystal affect the transmission curve and the damage threshold rating. Variations in the calcite transmission curve are typically limited to wavelengths > 2 μm, making calcite an excellent material to use in the visible and NIR.

Thorlabs' Calcite Polarizers
Glan-Laser Polarizers Glan-Taylor Polarizers Wollaston Polarizers
Mounted Glan-Thompson Polarizers
Unmounted Glan-Thompson Polarizers
Double Glan-Taylor Polarizer Beam Displacers
Damage Threshold Specifications
Laser Output Damage Thresholda
Pulsed 2 J/cm2 at 1064 nm, 10 ns, 10 Hz, Ø0.476 mm
CWb 2 kW/cm at 1064 nm, Ø0.092 mm
  • The damage threshold is limited by the cement rather than the coating.
  • The power density of your beam should be calculated in terms of W/cm. For an explanation of why the linear power density provides the best metric for long pulse and CW sources, please see the "Continuous Wave and Long-Pulse Lasers" section below.

Damage Threshold Data for Thorlabs' Glan-Thompson Polarizers

The specifications to the right are measured data for Thorlabs' Glan-Thompson polarizers. Damage threshold specifications are constant for all Glan-Thompson polarizers, regardless of the size or coating, as the limiting factor is the cement rather than the coating.

 

Laser Induced Damage Threshold Tutorial

The following is a general overview of how laser induced damage thresholds are measured and how the values may be utilized in determining the appropriateness of an optic for a given application. When choosing optics, it is important to understand the Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) of the optics being used. The LIDT for an optic greatly depends on the type of laser you are using. Continuous wave (CW) lasers typically cause damage from thermal effects (absorption either in the coating or in the substrate). Pulsed lasers, on the other hand, often strip electrons from the lattice structure of an optic before causing thermal damage. Note that the guideline presented here assumes room temperature operation and optics in new condition (i.e., within scratch-dig spec, surface free of contamination, etc.). Because dust or other particles on the surface of an optic can cause damage at lower thresholds, we recommend keeping surfaces clean and free of debris. For more information on cleaning optics, please see our Optics Cleaning tutorial.

Testing Method

Thorlabs' LIDT testing is done in compliance with ISO/DIS11254 specifications. A standard 1-on-1 testing regime is performed to test the damage threshold.

First, a low-power/energy beam is directed to the optic under test. The optic is exposed in 10 locations to this laser beam for a set duration of time (CW) or number of pulses (pulse repetition frequency specified). After exposure, the optic is examined by a microscope (~100X magnification) for any visible damage. The number of locations that are damaged at a particular power/energy level is recorded. Next, the power/energy is either increased or decreased and the optic is exposed at 10 new locations. This process is repeated until damage is observed. The damage threshold is then assigned to be the highest power/energy that the optic can withstand without causing damage. A histogram such as that below represents the testing of one BB1-E02 mirror.

LIDT metallic mirror
The photograph above is a protected aluminum-coated mirror after LIDT testing. In this particular test, it handled 0.43 J/cm2 (1064 nm, 10 ns pulse, 10 Hz, Ø1.000 mm) before damage.
LIDT BB1-E02
Example Test Data
Fluence# of Tested LocationsLocations with DamageLocations Without Damage
1.50 J/cm2 10 0 10
1.75 J/cm2 10 0 10
2.00 J/cm2 10 0 10
2.25 J/cm2 10 1 9
3.00 J/cm2 10 1 9
5.00 J/cm2 10 9 1

According to the test, the damage threshold of the mirror was 2.00 J/cm2 (532 nm, 10 ns pulse, 10 Hz, Ø0.803 mm). Please keep in mind that these tests are performed on clean optics, as dirt and contamination can significantly lower the damage threshold of a component. While the test results are only representative of one coating run, Thorlabs specifies damage threshold values that account for coating variances.

Continuous Wave and Long-Pulse Lasers

When an optic is damaged by a continuous wave (CW) laser, it is usually due to the melting of the surface as a result of absorbing the laser's energy or damage to the optical coating (antireflection) [1]. Pulsed lasers with pulse lengths longer than 1 µs can be treated as CW lasers for LIDT discussions. Additionally, when pulse lengths are between 1 ns and 1 µs, LIDT can occur either because of absorption or a dielectric breakdown (must check both CW and pulsed LIDT). Absorption is either due to an intrinsic property of the optic or due to surface irregularities; thus LIDT values are only valid for optics meeting or exceeding the surface quality specifications given by a manufacturer. While many optics can handle high power CW lasers, cemented (e.g., achromatic doublets) or highly absorptive (e.g., ND filters) optics tend to have lower CW damage thresholds. These lower thresholds are due to absorption or scattering in the cement or metal coating.

Linear Power Density Scaling

LIDT in linear power density vs. pulse length and spot size. For long pulses to CW, linear power density becomes a constant with spot size. This graph was obtained from [1].

Intensity Distribution

Pulsed lasers with high pulse repetition frequencies (PRF) may behave similarly to CW beams. Unfortunately, this is highly dependent on factors such as absorption and thermal diffusivity, so there is no reliable method for determining when a high PRF laser will damage an optic due to thermal effects. For beams with a large PRF both the average and peak powers must be compared to the equivalent CW power. Additionally, for highly transparent materials, there is little to no drop in the LIDT with increasing PRF.

In order to use the specified CW damage threshold of an optic, it is necessary to know the following:

  1. Wavelength of your laser
  2. Linear power density of your beam (total power divided by 1/e2 spot size)
  3. Beam diameter of your beam (1/e2)
  4. Approximate intensity profile of your beam (e.g., Gaussian)

The power density of your beam should be calculated in terms of W/cm. The graph to the right shows why the linear power density provides the best metric for long pulse and CW sources. Under these conditions, linear power density scales independently of spot size; one does not need to compute an adjusted LIDT to adjust for changes in spot size. This calculation assumes a uniform beam intensity profile. You must now consider hotspots in the beam or other nonuniform intensity profiles and roughly calculate a maximum power density. For reference, a Gaussian beam typically has a maximum power density that is twice that of the uniform beam (see lower right).

Now compare the maximum power density to that which is specified as the LIDT for the optic. If the optic was tested at a wavelength other than your operating wavelength, the damage threshold must be scaled appropriately. A good rule of thumb is that the damage threshold has a linear relationship with wavelength such that as you move to shorter wavelengths, the damage threshold decreases (i.e., a LIDT of 10 W/cm at 1310 nm scales to 5 W/cm at 655 nm):

CW Wavelength Scaling

While this rule of thumb provides a general trend, it is not a quantitative analysis of LIDT vs wavelength. In CW applications, for instance, damage scales more strongly with absorption in the coating and substrate, which does not necessarily scale well with wavelength. While the above procedure provides a good rule of thumb for LIDT values, please contact Tech Support if your wavelength is different from the specified LIDT wavelength. If your power density is less than the adjusted LIDT of the optic, then the optic should work for your application. 

Please note that we have a buffer built in between the specified damage thresholds online and the tests which we have done, which accommodates variation between batches. Upon request, we can provide individual test information and a testing certificate. The damage analysis will be carried out on a similar optic (customer's optic will not be damaged). Testing may result in additional costs or lead times. Contact Tech Support for more information.

Pulsed Lasers

As previously stated, pulsed lasers typically induce a different type of damage to the optic than CW lasers. Pulsed lasers often do not heat the optic enough to damage it; instead, pulsed lasers produce strong electric fields capable of inducing dielectric breakdown in the material. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to compare the LIDT specification of an optic to your laser. There are multiple regimes in which a pulsed laser can damage an optic and this is based on the laser's pulse length. The highlighted columns in the table below outline the relevant pulse lengths for our specified LIDT values.

Pulses shorter than 10-9 s cannot be compared to our specified LIDT values with much reliability. In this ultra-short-pulse regime various mechanics, such as multiphoton-avalanche ionization, take over as the predominate damage mechanism [2]. In contrast, pulses between 10-7 s and 10-4 s may cause damage to an optic either because of dielectric breakdown or thermal effects. This means that both CW and pulsed damage thresholds must be compared to the laser beam to determine whether the optic is suitable for your application.

Pulse Duration t < 10-9 s 10-9 < t < 10-7 s 10-7 < t < 10-4 s t > 10-4 s
Damage Mechanism Avalanche Ionization Dielectric Breakdown Dielectric Breakdown or Thermal Thermal
Relevant Damage Specification N/A Pulsed Pulsed and CW CW

When comparing an LIDT specified for a pulsed laser to your laser, it is essential to know the following:

Energy Density Scaling

LIDT in energy density vs. pulse length and spot size. For short pulses, energy density becomes a constant with spot size. This graph was obtained from [1].

  1. Wavelength of your laser
  2. Energy density of your beam (total energy divided by 1/e2 area)
  3. Pulse length of your laser
  4. Pulse repetition frequency (prf) of your laser
  5. Beam diameter of your laser (1/e2 )
  6. Approximate intensity profile of your beam (e.g., Gaussian)

The energy density of your beam should be calculated in terms of J/cm2. The graph to the right shows why the energy density provides the best metric for short pulse sources. Under these conditions, energy density scales independently of spot size, one does not need to compute an adjusted LIDT to adjust for changes in spot size. This calculation assumes a uniform beam intensity profile. You must now adjust this energy density to account for hotspots or other nonuniform intensity profiles and roughly calculate a maximum energy density. For reference a Gaussian beam typically has a maximum energy density that is twice that of the 1/e2 beam.

Now compare the maximum energy density to that which is specified as the LIDT for the optic. If the optic was tested at a wavelength other than your operating wavelength, the damage threshold must be scaled appropriately [3]. A good rule of thumb is that the damage threshold has an inverse square root relationship with wavelength such that as you move to shorter wavelengths, the damage threshold decreases (i.e., a LIDT of 1 J/cm2 at 1064 nm scales to 0.7 J/cm2 at 532 nm):

Pulse Wavelength Scaling

You now have a wavelength-adjusted energy density, which you will use in the following step.

Beam diameter is also important to know when comparing damage thresholds. While the LIDT, when expressed in units of J/cm², scales independently of spot size; large beam sizes are more likely to illuminate a larger number of defects which can lead to greater variances in the LIDT [4]. For data presented here, a <1 mm beam size was used to measure the LIDT. For beams sizes greater than 5 mm, the LIDT (J/cm2) will not scale independently of beam diameter due to the larger size beam exposing more defects.

The pulse length must now be compensated for. The longer the pulse duration, the more energy the optic can handle. For pulse widths between 1 - 100 ns, an approximation is as follows:

Pulse Length Scaling

Use this formula to calculate the Adjusted LIDT for an optic based on your pulse length. If your maximum energy density is less than this adjusted LIDT maximum energy density, then the optic should be suitable for your application. Keep in mind that this calculation is only used for pulses between 10-9 s and 10-7 s. For pulses between 10-7 s and 10-4 s, the CW LIDT must also be checked before deeming the optic appropriate for your application.

Please note that we have a buffer built in between the specified damage thresholds online and the tests which we have done, which accommodates variation between batches. Upon request, we can provide individual test information and a testing certificate. Contact Tech Support for more information.


[1] R. M. Wood, Optics and Laser Tech. 29, 517 (1997).
[2] Roger M. Wood, Laser-Induced Damage of Optical Materials (Institute of Physics Publishing, Philadelphia, PA, 2003).
[3] C. W. Carr et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 127402 (2003).
[4] N. Bloembergen, Appl. Opt. 12, 661 (1973).

In order to illustrate the process of determining whether a given laser system will damage an optic, a number of example calculations of laser induced damage threshold are given below. For assistance with performing similar calculations, we provide a spreadsheet calculator that can be downloaded by clicking the button to the right. To use the calculator, enter the specified LIDT value of the optic under consideration and the relevant parameters of your laser system in the green boxes. The spreadsheet will then calculate a linear power density for CW and pulsed systems, as well as an energy density value for pulsed systems. These values are used to calculate adjusted, scaled LIDT values for the optics based on accepted scaling laws. This calculator assumes a Gaussian beam profile, so a correction factor must be introduced for other beam shapes (uniform, etc.). The LIDT scaling laws are determined from empirical relationships; their accuracy is not guaranteed. Remember that absorption by optics or coatings can significantly reduce LIDT in some spectral regions. These LIDT values are not valid for ultrashort pulses less than one nanosecond in duration.

Intensity Distribution
A Gaussian beam profile has about twice the maximum intensity of a uniform beam profile.

CW Laser Example
Suppose that a CW laser system at 1319 nm produces a 0.5 W Gaussian beam that has a 1/e2 diameter of 10 mm. A naive calculation of the average linear power density of this beam would yield a value of 0.5 W/cm, given by the total power divided by the beam diameter:

CW Wavelength Scaling

However, the maximum power density of a Gaussian beam is about twice the maximum power density of a uniform beam, as shown in the graph to the right. Therefore, a more accurate determination of the maximum linear power density of the system is 1 W/cm.

An AC127-030-C achromatic doublet lens has a specified CW LIDT of 350 W/cm, as tested at 1550 nm. CW damage threshold values typically scale directly with the wavelength of the laser source, so this yields an adjusted LIDT value:

CW Wavelength Scaling

The adjusted LIDT value of 350 W/cm x (1319 nm / 1550 nm) = 298 W/cm is significantly higher than the calculated maximum linear power density of the laser system, so it would be safe to use this doublet lens for this application.

Pulsed Nanosecond Laser Example: Scaling for Different Pulse Durations
Suppose that a pulsed Nd:YAG laser system is frequency tripled to produce a 10 Hz output, consisting of 2 ns output pulses at 355 nm, each with 1 J of energy, in a Gaussian beam with a 1.9 cm beam diameter (1/e2). The average energy density of each pulse is found by dividing the pulse energy by the beam area:

Pulse Energy Density

As described above, the maximum energy density of a Gaussian beam is about twice the average energy density. So, the maximum energy density of this beam is ~0.7 J/cm2.

The energy density of the beam can be compared to the LIDT values of 1 J/cm2 and 3.5 J/cm2 for a BB1-E01 broadband dielectric mirror and an NB1-K08 Nd:YAG laser line mirror, respectively. Both of these LIDT values, while measured at 355 nm, were determined with a 10 ns pulsed laser at 10 Hz. Therefore, an adjustment must be applied for the shorter pulse duration of the system under consideration. As described on the previous tab, LIDT values in the nanosecond pulse regime scale with the square root of the laser pulse duration:

Pulse Length Scaling

This adjustment factor results in LIDT values of 0.45 J/cm2 for the BB1-E01 broadband mirror and 1.6 J/cm2 for the Nd:YAG laser line mirror, which are to be compared with the 0.7 J/cm2 maximum energy density of the beam. While the broadband mirror would likely be damaged by the laser, the more specialized laser line mirror is appropriate for use with this system.

Pulsed Nanosecond Laser Example: Scaling for Different Wavelengths
Suppose that a pulsed laser system emits 10 ns pulses at 2.5 Hz, each with 100 mJ of energy at 1064 nm in a 16 mm diameter beam (1/e2) that must be attenuated with a neutral density filter. For a Gaussian output, these specifications result in a maximum energy density of 0.1 J/cm2. The damage threshold of an NDUV10A Ø25 mm, OD 1.0, reflective neutral density filter is 0.05 J/cm2 for 10 ns pulses at 355 nm, while the damage threshold of the similar NE10A absorptive filter is 10 J/cm2 for 10 ns pulses at 532 nm. As described on the previous tab, the LIDT value of an optic scales with the square root of the wavelength in the nanosecond pulse regime:

Pulse Wavelength Scaling

This scaling gives adjusted LIDT values of 0.08 J/cm2 for the reflective filter and 14 J/cm2 for the absorptive filter. In this case, the absorptive filter is the best choice in order to avoid optical damage.

Pulsed Microsecond Laser Example
Consider a laser system that produces 1 µs pulses, each containing 150 µJ of energy at a repetition rate of 50 kHz, resulting in a relatively high duty cycle of 5%. This system falls somewhere between the regimes of CW and pulsed laser induced damage, and could potentially damage an optic by mechanisms associated with either regime. As a result, both CW and pulsed LIDT values must be compared to the properties of the laser system to ensure safe operation.

If this relatively long-pulse laser emits a Gaussian 12.7 mm diameter beam (1/e2) at 980 nm, then the resulting output has a linear power density of 5.9 W/cm and an energy density of 1.2 x 10-4 J/cm2 per pulse. This can be compared to the LIDT values for a WPQ10E-980 polymer zero-order quarter-wave plate, which are 5 W/cm for CW radiation at 810 nm and 5 J/cm2 for a 10 ns pulse at 810 nm. As before, the CW LIDT of the optic scales linearly with the laser wavelength, resulting in an adjusted CW value of 6 W/cm at 980 nm. On the other hand, the pulsed LIDT scales with the square root of the laser wavelength and the square root of the pulse duration, resulting in an adjusted value of 55 J/cm2 for a 1 µs pulse at 980 nm. The pulsed LIDT of the optic is significantly greater than the energy density of the laser pulse, so individual pulses will not damage the wave plate. However, the large average linear power density of the laser system may cause thermal damage to the optic, much like a high-power CW beam.


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Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-08-15 09:31:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The beam diameter needs to be taken into account when considering whether this would work for you. For 355nm, we also have the alpha-BBO glan-laser polarizer (http://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=5093) which might be more suitable. I will contact you directly to discuss about your application further.
Poster:rodrigo.aviles
Posted Date:2013-08-15 13:55:35.873
I am planning to use this prism with a 355 nm laser. this is a pulsed laser delivering up to 20 uJ energy per pulse. The average power that i will use is 500 mW and the pulses are 65 nsec the rep rate is 30Khz. Please let me know if this can stand this amount of power if not, can I use the GL5-A (glan laser polarizer) which one would be better for my application? Best regards R. Aviles
Poster:Thorlabs
Posted Date:2010-11-08 16:36:42.0
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to lee.jones: The transmission of these polarizers is in the order of ~95%. However, since calcite is a natural material, transmission in the UV and NIR can vary. Click on the "Calcite" tab for more information.
Poster:lee.jones
Posted Date:2010-11-08 10:09:25.0
Can you please tell me what the transmission of this optic is at 1064 nm ? Thanks, Lee.
Poster:Adam
Posted Date:2010-04-12 14:17:59.0
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to tslim: The damage threshold of this polarizer is 1 Watt/cm^2. It is limited by the cement interface. We can do a custom GTH10M that uses a stainless steel spacer instead of a cement interface. I will contact you direct to guage your interest in this option. Please also note that we offer Glan Laser Calcite polarizers, GL10. If you like mounting capabilities similar to the GTH10M, the GL10 can be mounted in a SM1PM10, which allows for easy adaptation to our 1" diameter high precision rotation stages, PRM1, or our standard 1" diameter rotation stage, RSP1.
Poster:tslim
Posted Date:2010-04-09 05:51:55.0
I have a GTH10M. I wonder what is the damage threshold of this polarizer. Could you please give me the data.
Poster:technicalmarketing
Posted Date:2008-03-04 08:21:58.0
In response to kbuffingtons post, we have added a "Mounting Option" tab that shows how to mount the GTH10M into the PRM1. It contains links to all the appropriate product pages. Thanks for your suggestion!
Poster:kbuffington
Posted Date:2008-01-15 13:56:06.0
Include information on how to mount the GTH10M and similar mounted polarizers into a rotation mount such as PRM1. All that is needed is a lens tube of proper length. This information will be useful to many customers. Maybe also add a link to the lens tube page.
Poster:technicalmarketing
Posted Date:2007-11-28 11:23:26.0
Dear Chihshangliu, The typical beam deviation for a Glan-Thompson polarizer is 3 arcmin, however stock polarizers can have beam deviations as great as 5 arcmin. For applications that require product specifications not listed in the presentation please consult a member of our technical support department. They can work with you to determine if we can provide a product suitable for your application.
Poster:chihshangliu
Posted Date:2007-11-20 01:39:06.0
Hello, Id like to ask the "transmission beam deviation" of Glan-Thompson polarizer (GTH10). Because I bought several polarizers (GTH10), when I rotated(not tilted) them, I found about 1.4 mm diameter rotation at distance of 450 mm. To evalute the beam deviation is larger than 5 arcminutes. Thus, I want to know the beam deviation. Thanks Chih-Shang Liu, Associate Engineer Center for Measurement Standards/Industrial Technology Research Institute R300, CMS/ITRI Rm.302, Bldg.12, 321, Sec.2, Kuang Fu Rd. Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, R.O.C. TEL: 886-3-5743271 FAX: 886-3-5712307

Polarizer Selection Guide

Thorlabs offers a diverse range of polarizers, including wire grid, film, calcite, alpha-BBO, rutile, and beamsplitting polarizers. Collectively, our line of wire grid polarizers offers coverage from the visible range to the beginning of the Far-IR range. Our nanoparticle linear film polarizers provide extinction ratios as high as 100,000:1. Alternatively, our other film polarizers offer an affordable solution for polarizing light from the visible to the Near-IR. Next, our beamsplitting polarizers allow for use of the reflected beam, as well as the more completely polarized transmitted beam. Finally, our Alpha-BBO (UV), calcite (visible to Near-IR), and rutile (Near-IR to Mid-IR) polarizers each offer an exceptional extinction ratio of 100,000:1 within their respective wavelength ranges.

To explore the available types, wavelength ranges, extinction ratios, transmission, and available sizes for each polarizer category, click More [+] in the appropriate row below.

Wire Grid Polarizers
Film Polarizers
Beamsplitting Polarizers
alpha-BBO Polarizers
Calcite Polarizers
Quartz Polarizers
Magnesium Fluoride Polarizers
Rutile Polarizers
Polarizer Type Wavelength Range Extinction Ratio Transmissiona Available Sizes
Rutile TiO2 Polarizers 2.2 µm - 4 µm 100,000:1 9.1 mm x 9.5 mm x 9.5 mmb and
10.7 mm x 15.9 mm x 15.9 mmb
  • Click on the graph icons in this column to view a transmission curve for the corresponding polarizer. Each curve represents one substrate sample or coating run and is not guaranteed.
  • Mounted in a protective box, unthreaded ring, or cylinder that indicates the polarization axis.
  • Available unmounted or in an SM05-threaded (0.535"-40) mount that indicates the polarization axis.
  • Available unmounted or in an SM1-threaded (1.035"-40) mount that indicates the polarization axis.
  • Available unmounted or mounted in cubes for cage system compatibility.
  • Calcite's transmittance of light near 350 nm is typically around 75% (see Transmission column).
  • Available unmounted or in an unthreaded Ø1/2" housing.
  • The transmission curves for calcite are valid for linearly polarized light with a polarization axis aligned with the mark on the polarizer's housing.
  • The 1064 nm V coating corresponds to a -C26 suffix in the item number.
  • Available unmounted or mounted in a protective box or unthreaded cylinder that indicates the polarization axis.

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Unmounted Glan-Thompson Polarizers, 350 - 700 nm AR Coated

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GTH5-A Support Documentation
GTH5-AGlan- Thompson Calcite Polarizer, 5 mm x 5 mm Clear Aperture, ARC: 350 - 700 nm
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GTH10-A Support Documentation
GTH10-AGlan- Thompson Calcite Polarizer, 10 mm x 10 mm Clear Aperture, ARC: 350 - 700 nm
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Unmounted Glan-Thompson Polarizers, 650 - 1050 nm AR Coating

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GTH5-B Support Documentation
GTH5-BGlan-Thompson Calcite Polarizer, 5 mm x 5 mm Clear Aperture, ARC: 650 -1050 nm
$376.00
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GTH10-B Support Documentation
GTH10-BGlan-Thompson Calcite Polarizer, 10 mm x 10 mm Clear Aperture, ARC: 650 -1050 nm
$509.00
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