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Knife-Edge Right-Angle Prism Mirrors
The size of these prisms is defined by the leg dimension, L. See the Specs tab for full product dimensions.
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This schematic shows how two beams can be made collinear using these knife-edge right-angle prism mirrors.
Thorlabs' Knife-Edge Right-Angle Prism Mirrors feature reflective coatings on the two legs and offer a clear aperture extending across the 90° angle between the coated surfaces. They are manufactured from N-BK7 and have 25 mm x 25 mm reflective legs. These prism mirrors are offered with one of the following reflective coatings: UV enhanced aluminum, protected aluminum, protected gold, or protected silver. Please see the Specs and Graphs tabs above for details on the reflectivity of the various coatings.
The precision corner between the two coated surfaces allows two counterpropagating beams to be made collinear with the output orthogonal to the input, as shown in the figure to the right. They can also be used to split a single input beam aimed directly at the knife edge. The prisms are ideal for situations where it is undesirable to use a beamsplitting cube, such as due to the geometry of the setup. Some diffraction and scatter will occur whenever a beam is split using these prisms.
These prisms feature a coating that extends to the edge of the optic. Care should be used when handling the prisms, as the coated edge is very delicate and can be chipped easily.
While the hypotenuse is polished, these mirrors are not intended for use as retroreflectors due to the adhesion layers used in the coating process. As a result, no specifications are given for the polished hypotenuse of the prism. For retroreflection applications we suggest the PS911K, an uncoated version of our knife edge prism, or our selection of mounted and unmounted retroreflectors. Thorlabs also offers a selection of hypotenuse-coated right-angle prism mirrors.
Care and Handling
All data shown below is for unpolarized light, unless otherwise stated. The shaded regions in the graphs denote the ranges over which we guarantee the specified reflectance. Please note that the reflectance outside of these bands is typical and can vary from lot to lot, especially in out-of-band regions where the reflectance is fluctuating or sloped.
UV-Enhanced Aluminum Coating (250 - 450 nm)
Protected Aluminum Coating (450 nm - 20 µm)
Protected Silver Coating (450 nm - 20 µm)
Protected Gold Coating (800 nm - 20 µm)