Testing Low Pass Optical Filter

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An optical low pass filter is supposed to blur the image using birefringence. I took out an optical low pass filter from a digital camera where it is used for anti-aliasing purposes. The filter looks just like a piece of glass. I pass a diode laser beam through it and look at the beam spot on the wall. I was expecting it to be a bit larger than the laser spot without the filter. However I can't see any difference. How can I tell it apart from a piece of plain glass?
 

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An optical low pass filter is supposed to blur the image using birefringence. I took out an optical low pass filter from a digital camera where it is used for anti-aliasing purposes. The filter looks just like a piece of glass. I pass a diode laser beam through it and look at the beam spot on the wall. I was expecting it to be a bit larger than the laser spot without the filter. However I can't see any difference. How can I tell it apart from a piece of plain glass?
Are you talking about the IR filter in Digital Cameras?
 
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No, I am talking about the anti-aliasing filter. Sometimes they are glued together with the IR filter but serve an entirely different purpose.
 

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