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The construction of half silvered mirrors

  1. Nov 12, 2013 #1
    Hello guys,

    I have a question about the construction of half silvered mirrors. I read that they are created using aluminum vapor (so some sort of vapor deposition process?). And I read that the thickness of the aluminum coating can affect the reflectance and transmittance properties (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Image-Metal-reflectance.png).

    Now it's been a long time since I've done optics, but if I recall correctly a half silvered mirror will split the beam of light if its coming from a certain direction, but pass the beam if it's coming from a different direction. I could be wrong on this, please let me know.

    But my question is, how do you quantify the transmitted intensity of the "passed" beam? Such as coating thickness vs transmittance, etc?
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  3. Nov 13, 2013 #2

    Andy Resnick

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