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Laser Beam Sampler, Ultrafast, 25.4 mm Diameter, 3.0 mm Thick
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  • Wavelength Range
    660-1000 nm
  • Orientation
    Beam should enter surface marked with an arrow
  • Diameter
    25.4 mm
  • Antireflection Coating
  • Material
    Grade A N-BK7
  • Surface Quality
    15-5 scratch-dig
  • Angle of Incidence
    45 °
  • Substrate Number
  • Surface Flatness
    ≤λ/10 at 632.8 nm over the clear aperture
  • Durability
    MIL-C-675C, moderate abrasion million cycles
  • Chamfers
    0.25-0.76 mm face width
  • Chamfers Angle Tolerance
    45° ±15°
  • Damage Threshold
    500 W/cm2 CW, 0.5 J/cm2 with 10 nsec pulses, typical
  • Diameter Tolerance
    +0/-0.13 mm
  • Wedge
    30 ±15 arc min
  • Thickness
    3.0 mm
  • Thickness Tolerance
    ±0.38 mm


Sample Ultrashort Pulses

In a beam sampler, percentage of reflected light is determined by the Fresnel reflection from a single surface. At the nominal 45° AIO the beam sampler reflects approximately 10% and 1% for s- and p- polarizations, respectively. For measuring beam power, the beam sampler should be oriented such that the laser is p-polarized. This choice will maximize transmitted power and attenuate power incident on the detector. Depending on the polarization of the incident beam, front surface reflectance from 1-10% can be attained at 45° incidence.

N-BK7 Substrates for VIS and NIR Applications

N-BK7 is an excellent lens material for most visible and near infrared applications. It is the most common borosilicate crown optical glass, and it provides great performance at a good value. Its high homogeneity, low bubble and inclusion content, and straightforward manufacturability make it a good choice for transmissive optics.

Slight Wedge Suppresses Unwanted Fringes

Optics with perfectly parallel faces are unsuited for use as reference elements in laser setups as reflections from both surfaces would be collinear resulting in undesired large period fringes. The introduction of a slight wedge causes unwanted reflections from the second surface to be deflected from the optical path. The back surface (S2) of this beam sampler is slightly wedged. The laser beam should enter the non-wedged surface (S1) where an arrow on the side points to.

AR Coated Back Surface

An antireflection coating NC.2 is applied on the back surface to minimize surface reflection losses and eliminate ghost images. It covers 660-1000 nm spectral range and features a high damage threshold of 500 W/cm2 for CW, 1.0 J/cm2 for  10 nsec pulses, typical.