Optical Prisms are used to redirect light at a designated angle. Optical Prisms are ideal for ray deviation, or for adjusting the orientation of an image. An Optical Prism’s design determines how light interacts with it. When light enters an Optical Prism, it either reflects off an individual surface or several surfaces before exiting, or is refracted as it travels through the substrate.
Corner Cube Prisms are designed to reflect any ray or beam entering the prism face, regardless of the orientation of the prism, back onto itself. A mirror will only do that at the normal angle of incidence. Corner cubes are ideal where precision alignment is difficult or time-consuming.
Dispersion Prisms are used in applications that require separating the incident light into its component wavelengths. For example, when white light enters a Dispersion Prism, it is separated into its three components: red, green, and blue.
Image Rotation Prisms are used to rotate, invert, or revert an image. Image Rotation Prisms are ideal for use in microscopes, telescopes, or rifle scopes, or for the microscopy, astronomy, or defense industries.
Mounted Prisms are pre-mounted for easy system integration. Due to their geometry, Prisms can be difficult to mount. Mounted Prisms, which redirect light at a designated angle, are ideal for ray deviation, reorienting an image, beam expansion, or reflecting incident light back to the source
Penta Prism is a five-sided prism that deviates the ray path by 90°. Used to define right angles in optical systems movements. The image is neither inverted nor reversed as it is deviated by 90 degrees, it is useful for shortening the length of an assembly.
Porro Prisms are similar to right angle prisms. Porro prisms are used for a 90° light path bend by using the hypotenuse face of the prism rather than the leg faces. This configuration produces a right-handed image since two reflections occur. The incident ray’s direction is reversed when using a porro prism since the object enters and the image exits the same face
Retroreflection Prisms are used in applications where precision alignment is difficult or tedious. Retroflection Prisms reflect incident light back to the light source no matter the orientation of the Retroreflection Prism
Rhomboid Prisms are commonly used to displace a laser beam without changing its direction. In applications such as imaging, the Rhomboid prisms will displace the optical axis without inverting the image.
Right Angle Prisms are typically used to bend image paths or for redirecting light at 90°. Right Angle Prisms are Prisms designed with a 90° angle. Right Angle Prisms produce inverted or reverted left handed images, depending on the orientation of the prism