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Polarization Components

Polarizers can either divide a beam of light into two highly polarized beams (i.e. splitting s- and p-polarized components), making them ideal for isolation or routing of a specific polarization. Extinction ratio and power handling are important factors to consider when choosing a polarizer, particularly for laser applications. With plate and cube formats to choose from, as well as options for 45° AOI or Brewster angle operation, our wide selection allows you to find the right combination of coating type, construction, and angle of operation to suit both your application and budget. The product line up spans from the UV to near-IR, accommodating laser fluences up to 20 J/cm2 at 1064 nm (20 ns, 20Hz pulse) and extinction ratios as high as 5000:1. Whether your application is simple or complex, we can work with you to find the catalog, semi-custom or custom solution you need.
  • Cube Polarizers

    Available for narrow and broad wavelength bands from UV through near-IR, but prism interface can limit power handling (if epoxy is used for bonding). • Easy to mount, mechanically durable • High laser damage threshold options • Laser line and broadband wavelengths from 248-2000 nm, others custom

  • Plate Polarizers

    Best for high energy applications, provided that broadband performance is not needed. Minimal impact on beam quality (lowest TWE, low wedge, high surface quality). • Highest laser damage threshold • Lowest transmitted wavefront error (λ/8) • Nd:YAG & Nd:YLF laser wavelengths standard, others custom