Semrock offers two categories of individual catalog sized filters: unhoused filters such as dichroic beamsplitters, mirrors and tunable filters, or housed filters mounted in black anodized aluminum housings. Housed filters include bandpass filters, edge filters, and some dichroic beamsplitters. For an unhoused filter, the unmounted filter thickness and unmounted substrate thickness are identical. For a housed filter, the mounted filter thickness and unmounted substrate thickness are different, because the mounted filter thickness is the same as the housing thickness.
Each housed filter is available in one standard filter (housing) thickness, either 3.5 mm or 5.0 mm. The 3.5 mm housed filters are typically used as emitters when part of a filter set; the 5.0 mm filters are most commonly used as exciters when part of a filter set. The 3.5 mm thick housings can accommodate substrate thicknesses ranging from 1.05 mm to 2.0 mm; the 5.0 mm thick housings, from 1.05 mm to 3.5 mm.
The size of each filter mounted in a housing as a standard catalog configuration is shown on the Description and Pricing tab (see below) as “diameter x housing thickness”.
Take for example the exciter and emitter filters from the GFP-3035D general-purpose filter set. The FF02-472/30-25 Exciter is mounted in a 5.0 mm aluminum housing, as shown below.
The FF01-520/35-25 Emitter is mounted in a 3.5 mm aluminum housing, as shown below.
For dichroic beamsplitters and other unmounted filters in a catalog configuration, the size of the filter on the Description and Pricing tab is shown as “rectangular dimensions x nominal substrate thickness”.
As shown below, the FF495-Di03-25x36 dichroic beamsplitter of the GFP-3035D filter set has dimensions 25.2 mm x 35.6 mm, has a nominal substrate thickness of 1.1 mm (also commonly listed on the specifications tab as 1.05 mm), and is unmounted.
The details of the physical filter specifications are also listed on the product Specifications tab (see below).
This tab lists filter thickness, whether mounted or unmounted, unmounted substrate thickness, and dimensional tolerances of filter and substrate thicknesses (here shown bordered in green).
The thickness of a custom sized, unmounted circular or rectangular filter refers to the substrate thickness.
Semrock catalog filters are coated on substrates with standard thicknesses 0.5 mm, 1.05 mm, 2.0 mm, 3.0 mm, 3.5 mm, and 6.0 mm; each product family is coated on one specific thickness. Before purchase be sure to verify the filter thickness and whether that will be suitable for mount and application requirements.
For questions about filter, substrate or housing thickness, please contact Semrock Technical Support.