Custom optics are sometimes advertised as not only possessing high accuracy, but also as inexpensive; as if both were simultaneously achievable. In the world of optics, you get what you pay for. λ/4 wave first surface mirror glass offers a superior quality compared to other first surface mirrors on the market. λ/4 flatness is achieved by polishing float glass down to a flat surface, then coating with aluminum and the protective overcoat. Typically, what most of our competitors offer is simply on float glass, which is 4-6λ per inch. To the naked eye, the two mirrors look the same, but the quality of the λ/4 is immediately noticeable under magnification. The production of a high-quality optical component is an exacting process, requiring a high level of skill, quality equipment, and close attention to detail.
- λ/4 per inch flatness
- 96% reflective
- Shipped with protective laminate over coating
- Manufactured in the USA
- Quantity discounts available
- Same day shipping
- International shipping
- Ideal for research labs, engineers, commercial manufacturers, and government projects.
- Scientific equipment
- Labratory experimentation
- Aerospace engineering
- Optics, astronomy, physics, lasers
- Barcode scanners
Frequently Asked Questions
The surface of the glass is polished using increasingly fine methods before coating. This creates a superior flatness compared to standard float glass, and eliminates various distortions such as draw lines.
We make sure the edges are sanded so they’re not sharp.
Our size tolerance is typically +/- 1/16″. Please contact us for a custom quote if you need a higher level of accuracy.
We make sure all shipments are carefully packaged with styrofoam and bubble wrap and fully insured.
The largest size is a 32″ diameter circle.
We offer international shipping via FedEx, which is the best way to ship fragile parts overseas with insurance. Shipping costs are calculated automatically when checking out online. Duties and taxes are billed separately by FedEx on delivery.