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In-Line Fiber Partial Reflector


  • Partial Reflectors with Internal Reflective Coating
  • 1450 nm - 1650 nm Wavelength Range
  • 67:33 or 10:90 Reflection Ratio (R:T)
  • Available with FC/PC or FC/APC Connectors

Input Light

Transmitted Light

Reflected Light

RW1550R2A

10:90 Partial Reflector with FC/APC Connectors

RW1550R3F

67:33 Partial Reflector with FC/PC Connectors

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Features

  • Partial Reflectors for In-Line Fiber Applications
  • Internal Reflective Coating with 67:33 or 10:90 Reflection Ratio (R:T)
  • 1450 nm - 1650 nm Wavelength Range
  • Available with 2.0 mm Narrow Key FC/PC or FC/APC Connectors

Thorlabs’ In-Line Partial Reflectors are designed to partially reflect the input light; a portion is reflected back towards the input end while another fraction is transmitted to the output. This is achieved by splitting the input light and using an internal reflective coating to direct the light back towards the input. Unlike our beamsplitter-coated patch cables, neither of the connector ends are coated; therefore, these partial reflectors can be mated to other patch cables for completely in-line operation. When used with a fiber optic circulator, these reflectors offer a solution for all-fiber beamsplitting (see the Applications tab) and are useful for applications such as round trip delay timing.

These partial reflectors have a 1450 nm - 1650 nm single mode wavelength range with either a 67:33 or 10:90 reflection ratio. The reflection ratio (R:T ratio) is the ratio of reflected light to transmitted light not including light lost within the device due to absorption. The white port is used as the input; please note that these partial reflectors cannot be used in the reverse direction. Partial reflectors are offered from stock with FC/PC or FC/APC connectors, as outlined in the table below. Fiber leads are jacketed in Ø900 µm Hytrel® tubing and are 0.8 m long. Custom configurations with other wavelengths, fiber types, or R:T ratios are also available; please contact Tech Support with inquiries.

Each partial reflector includes two protective caps that shield the ferrule ends from dust and other hazards. Additional CAPF Plastic Fiber Caps and CAPFM Metal Threaded Fiber Caps for FC/PC- and FC/APC-terminated ends are also sold separately. Mating sleeves are available to couple patch cables together and serve to minimize back reflections and ensure proper alignment of the cores of each connected fiber. 

Fiber Beamsplitter
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Figure 1: All-Fiber Beamsplitter Setup

All-Fiber Beamsplitting

Fiber partial reflectors are useful in creating a variety of devices such as beamsplitters, laser cavities, and interferometers. These fibers reflect a fraction of the light back down the fiber, transmitting the remainder through the output fiber connector.

This property is especially useful for creating an all-fiber beamsplitter; the user can split a light source without requiring free space coupling using a beamsplitter cube. Figure 1 shows this simple setup made up of a fiber circulator and a 67:33 fiber partial reflector. Light is input into Port 1 of the circulator, with the partial reflector coupled to Port 2. The input light is coupled from Port 1 to Port 2; roughly 33% of the light is transmitted through the fiber output, and the remainder is reflected back towards the input and directed towards Port 3 by the circulator.


Posted Comments:
Simon Boiviner  (posted 2019-06-18 11:40:52.16)
Hi, Have you any PM version of RW1550R3A component ? Reagrds, Simon
YLohia  (posted 2019-06-20 08:43:47.0)
Hello Simon, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. Quotes for custom items can be requested by emailing techsupport@thorlabs.com. I have reached out to you directly to discuss the possibility of offering this.
masahiro.watanabe.ub  (posted 2017-02-22 10:57:16.757)
Selection of the reflectance should be allowed. Only R = 67% is not useful. I am looking for inline partial reflector with R = 4%. R = 10% and 33 % would also be useful.
tfrisch  (posted 2017-03-02 02:10:01.0)
Hello, thank you for sharing your feedback on what other ratios would be useful. I will reach out to you directly about our custom capabilities until we release more versions to our stock.

67:33 Reflection Ratio (R:T)

Item #a Info Center Wavelength Bandwidth Reflectanceb (Click for Plot) Transmission(Click for Plot) Reflection Ratiod Fiber Typed Termination
RW1550R3F info 1550 nm ±100 nm 45.0 ± 4.5%
(3.5 ± 0.4 dB)
22.5 ± 2.5%
(6.5 ± 0.5 dB)
67:33 SMF-28 FC/PC
RW1550R3A info FC/APC
  • All values are specified at room temperature over the bandwidth and measured with connectors using the white port as the input.
  • Total Reflected Output at the White Port
  • Total Transmitted Output at the Red Port
  • Ratio of Reflected to Transmitted Output
  • Corning SMF-28 fiber type will be specified on the documentation that ships with the coupler. Other fiber types may be available upon request. Please contact Tech Support with inquiries.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
RW1550R3F Support Documentation
RW1550R3FIn-Line Fiber Partial Reflector, 1550 ± 100 nm, 67:33 (R:T) Ratio, FC/PC Connectors
$514.01
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RW1550R3A Support Documentation
RW1550R3AIn-Line Fiber Partial Reflector, 1550 ± 100 nm, 67:33 (R:T) Ratio, FC/APC Connectors
$535.65
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10:90 Reflection Ratio (R:T)

Item #a Info Center Wavelength Bandwidth Reflectanceb (Click for Plot) Transmission(Click for Plot) Reflection Ratio Fiber Typed Termination
RW1550R2F info 1550 nm ±100 nm 7.2 ± 2.7%
(11.4 ± 2.0 dB)
65.0 ± 5.0%
(1.9 ± 0.1 dB)
10:90 SMF-28 FC/PC
RW1550R2A info FC/APC
  • All values are specified at room temperature over the bandwidth and measured with connectors using the white port as the input.
  • Total Reflected Output at the White Port
  • Total Transmitted Output at the Red Port
  • Ratio of Reflected to Transmitted Output
  • Corning SMF-28 fiber type will be specified on the documentation that ships with the coupler. Other fiber types may be available upon request. Please contact Tech Support with inquiries.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available
RW1550R2F Support Documentation
RW1550R2FCustomer Inspired! In-Line Fiber Partial Reflector, 1550 ± 100 nm, 10:90 (R:T) Ratio, FC/PC Connectors
$514.01
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RW1550R2A Support Documentation
RW1550R2ACustomer Inspired! In-Line Fiber Partial Reflector, 1550 ± 100 nm, 10:90 (R:T) Ratio, FC/APC Connectors
$535.65
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