6Q10.60 - Half Silvered Mirrors and Beam Splitters

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Half Silvered Mirrors and Beam Splitters
Interferometry, Holography, Lasers.
Area of Study:
Half-Silvered Mirrors, Beam Splitters

The half-silvered mirrors allow for some interesting optical illusions. They can also be used for cheap beam splitters when needed.  

More expensive research grade beam splitters are also available.

  • Mary E. Cox, "Comment on 'A Versatile Beam Splitter for Holographers'", AJP, Vol. 45, #6, June 1977, p. 590.
  • T. Kallard, "Pellicle Beamsplitters", Exploring Laser Light, p. 40.

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