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ND Filters: Mounted, AR Coated for 350 - 700 nm


  • Mounted Ø25 mm Round Filter
  • Optical Densities Ranging from 0.1 to 6.0
  • Ideal for Low-Power Applications (<1 W)

NE20A-A

NE50A-A

NE05A-A Mounted
in a DET36A2 Detector

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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.

Features

  • Attenuate Light in the Visible (350 - 700 nm AR Coating)
  • Optical Densities Ranging from 0.1 to 6.0
  • Mounted Ø25 mm Round Filters
  • AR Coated to Reduce Back Reflections in an Optical System
  • Ideal for Low-Power Applications (<1 Watt)
  • Engraved with Coating Range and Part Number

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 Filter Manufacturing
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ND Filters Being Ground at Our Optics Manufacturing Facility
Selection Guide for Neutral Density Filters
Absorptive Reflective
Uncoated
(400 - 650 nm)
Mounted N-BK7
(350 - 1100 nm)
Mounted
Unmounted Unmounted
Uncoated
(1000 - 2600 nm)
Mounted UV Fused Silica
(200 - 1200 nm)
Mounted
Unmounted Unmounted
AR Coated
(350 - 700 nm)
Mounted ZnSe
(2 - 16 µm)
Mounted
Unmounted Unmounted
AR Coated
(650 - 1050 nm)
Mounted Wedged Reflective
Unmounted Variable Reflective
AR Coated
(1050 - 1700 nm)
Mounted Neutral Density Filter Kits
Unmounted
Optical Density (OD)a OD Tolerancea Substrate Substrate Thicknessb
0.1 ±0.005 NG11 0.6 mm
0.2 ±0.01 NG11 1.4 mm
0.3 ±0.015 NG11 2.3 mm
0.4 ±0.02 NG4 0.7 mm
0.5 ±0.025 NG4 0.9 mm
0.6 ±0.03 NG4 1.1 mm
0.7 ±0.04 NG4 1.3 mm
0.8 ±0.05 NG4 1.5 mm
0.9 ±0.05 NG4 1.7 mm
1.0 ±0.05 NG4 1.9 mm
1.3 ±0.065 NG4 2.5 mm
1.5 ±0.08 NG4 2.9 mm
2.0 ±0.1 NG9 1.4 mm
3.0 ±0.15 NG9 2.1 mm
4.0 ±0.2 NG9 2.8 mm
5.0 ±0.25 NG9 3.6 mm
6.0 ±0.3 NG1 1.5 mm
  • Measured at 633 nm before the AR coating was applied.
  • Values given are typical. The actual thickness of each ND filter is dependent on the optical density of the lot of glass used to manufacture each lot of ND filters.
General Specifications
Diameter 25.0 mm
Diameter Tolerance +0.00 / -0.25 mm
Clear Aperture >90% of Diameter
Ravg (350 - 700 nm) <0.5%
Surface Flatness (@ 633 nm) <λ/4 (OD = 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, or 1.5)
λ/4 (All Other ODs)
Surface Quality 40-20 Scratch-Dig
Parallelism <10 arcsec

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 More Info Icon in the row corresponding to the filter in the tables below.

A AR Coating
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The blue shaded region indicates the specified 350 - 700 nm wavelength range for optimum performance.

Posted Comments:
Ju Fe  (posted 2020-10-12 10:50:58.603)
Hello Thorlabs, In the excel files, a message says "Slight variations in performance data will occur from lot to lot". Could you estimate the uncertainty on the transmission curves ? Best Regards, Julien
Hailong He  (posted 2020-05-07 10:22:37.33)
Hi, I am interested in the ND filter at wavelenght of 532 nm. I would like to ask the damage threshold of them. I am using a pulse laser (2 ns) with maximum peak power of 200KW. Is this power in the safe range of the density filters? Thanks, Hailong
YLohia  (posted 2020-05-08 08:39:05.0)
Hello Hailong, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. These filters are designed for < 1 W CW applications. Unfortunately, we do not expect these filters to perform well for your 2 ns, 1 kHz, 200 kW peak power pulses at 532 nm. Instead, we recommend looking into our uncoated absorptive ND filters on this page : https://www.thorlabs.us/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=266.
Ali Ojaghloo  (posted 2020-04-28 00:39:38.007)
dear services, I have some of your company product such as ND filter, Photodiode, lenses and etc. unfortunately in user manual and your website information about these damage threshold not anything. please give me some inform about it to calculate max power that we can use? I have NEIR 40A-c, NE 40A-A, i have about ten models of photodiode of your products such DET10A/M which you don't mentioned about
asundararaj  (posted 2020-05-04 05:08:57.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. While we do not have an official spec for the damage threshold for the NE40A-A and the NEIR40A-C, I have contacted you directly to see if these would suit your application. As for the DET10A/M, while we typically do not spec a damage threshold for our detectors, the power is limited by the max reverse current on the photodiode - 5 mA. The Max optical power can be found from the responsivity at your wavelength using the following equation, Maximum Optical Power (in W) = Maximum PhotoCurrent (in A) * Responsivity (in A/W)
user  (posted 2020-04-26 21:05:31.333)
Is there an LIDT for the ND filters?
YLohia  (posted 2020-04-27 10:50:16.0)
Thank you for contacting Thorlabs. These filters are designed for applications with < 1 W power. I have reached out to you directly to offer suggestions based on your specific requirements.
Aeckford  (posted 2014-09-25 15:39:56.333)
Why dont these have a slight angle on them to improve performance in stacked usage?
besembeson  (posted 2014-10-09 02:13:21.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs. I believe you are concerned about interference effects due to reflections from multiple parallel surfaces in your application? We are designing new wedged reflective ND filters to eliminate such effects. If your need is immediate, we can apply a reflective ND coating (with appropriate OD) on a wedged window as a special.
jlow  (posted 2012-12-11 16:32:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Thank you for pointing this error out to us. We will rescan this and put the correct version up on the website.
rschoeneck  (posted 2012-12-07 11:10:58.287)
The transmission graph and raw data listed for the NE05A-A OD 0.5 ND filter show values that match an OD 0.3 filter. Probably the wrong element was used to generate the OD 0.5 transmission curve.

Ø25 mm Mounted Absorptive ND Filters, AR-Coated: 350 - 700 nm

Item # Transmissiona ODb Thicknessc
NE01A-A info 0.1 ± 0.005 0.6 mm
NE02A-A info 0.2 ± 0.01 1.4 mm
NE03A-A info 0.3 ± 0.015 2.3 mm
NE04A-A info 0.4 ± 0.02 0.7 mm
NE05A-A info 0.5 ± 0.025 0.9 mm
NE06A-A info 0.6 ± 0.03 1.1 mm
NE07A-A info 0.7 ± 0.04 1.3 mm
NE08A-A info 0.8 ± 0.05 1.5 mm
NE09A-A info 0.9 ± 0.05 1.7 mm
  • Click the blue icon to view a plot of the transmission.
  • Measured at 633 nm before the AR coating was applied.
  • Values given are typical. The actual thickness of each ND filter is dependent on the optical density of the lot of glass used to manufacture each lot of ND filters.
Item # Transmissiona ODb Thicknessc
NE10A-A info 1.0 ± 0.05 1.9 mm
NE13A-A info 1.3 ± 0.065 2.5 mm
NE15A-A info 1.5 ± 0.08 2.9 mm
NE20A-A info 2.0 ± 0.1 1.4 mm
NE30A-A info 3.0 ± 0.15 2.1 mm
NE40A-A info 4.0 ± 0.2 2.8 mm
NE50A-A info 5.0 ± 0.25 3.6 mm
NE60A-A info 6.0 ± 0.3 1.5 mm
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