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Characteristics of beam splitters

  1. Jun 15, 2014 #1

    naima

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    I read that there are polarizing and non polarizing beam splitters.
    Are there adjustable bleam splitters between them?
     
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  3. Jun 15, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    How do you mean "adjustable"?

    Polarizing and non-polarizing beam splitters do not exist as ends of a spectrum - they are different machines.
    Have you checked out how they work?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beam_splitter
     
  4. Jun 16, 2014 #3

    UltrafastPED

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    You can always rotate the polarization plane with a half wave plate.

    This allows you to use a polarizing beam splitter which has a fixed ratio, and modify the inputs ... voila, a variable beam splitter!

    I used this all the time as a mechanism to control power distribution on two legs of an optical delay line.

    The lesson is: use multiple components when you need to do something that no single component will do for you.
     
  5. Jun 16, 2014 #4

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