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The Hard-Mounted PLX Hollow RetroreflectorTM (HMHR) is totally insensitive to position and movement, such as tilt. It is especially useful for critical applications such as Michelson Interferometers. 

HMHR

HARD-MOUNTED HOLLOW RETROREFLECTORS™(HMHR)

  • Self-compensating mirror configuration with extraordinary beam return accuracy. 
  • Mirrors can be coated for maximization over a spectral range, from UV to far IR.
  • For critical applications, such as Michelson interferometers.
  • Performs well in harsh environmental conditions.
  • RoHS Compliant.
  • PLX is a registered ISO 9001 company.

Retroreflector Selector Chart

Coating Specification Chart

 

Hollow Retroreflectors

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Parallel incident light that hits the HMHR will be returned with great accuracy to the light source, regardless of the HMHR's physical orientation.

The HMHR is constructed of three first-surface mirrors assembled by a proprietary process into a mutually-orthogonal inside corner. The mirrors can be coated for maximization over a spectral range, from UV to far IR. This configuration eliminates material absorption and chromatic aberration. The mirror assembly of the HMHR is mounted on an Invar mount. (5.0"/127mm unit comes with aluminum mount). Invar is a low-expansion (CTE 0.75) alloy of iron and nickel that is used when control of thermally-induced dimensional change is required.

Stability and Accuracy

The HMHR offers properties which makes it especially suitable for critical applications, such as Michelson interferometers. The mount maintains stability of the distance between the apex of the corner cube and the back surface of the mount, as well as concentricity of the apex with respect to the mounting thread. HMHRs can also be provided in matched pairs for better modulation.

Coatings

Standard HMHR mirror coatings are aluminum, silver and gold, in both bare metal and with protective overcoats. All protected PLX coatings meet MIL-SPEC durability and adhesion requirements. Unprotected metallic coatings are especially suited to interferometric applications. Custom coatings available.

Custom configurations for specialized applications

PLX engineers can create a custom HMHR for your application. Potential variations include: smaller and larger apertures; modified hard mounts to meet your interface; super-critical accuracies; dielectric mirror coatings for high-powered lasers; and units able to withstand military and space environments.

Retroreflector Selector Chart

Specification Chart
Model Clear Aperture
(in/mm)
Beam Deviation
(arc.sec.)
Exiting
Wavefront
(p.v.633nm)
Weight
(gr.)
HM-10HM-10 1.0/25 1.0 - 30.0 0.15 - 3.50 25
HM-15HM-15 1.5/38 0.5 - 30.0 0.10 - 5.25 45
HM-20HM-20 2.0/50 0.5 - 30.0 0.15 - 7.00 90 - 110
HM-25HM-25 2.5/63 0.5 - 30.0 0.25 - 9.00 110 - 141
HM-50HM-50 5.0/127 0.5 - 30.0 0.45 - 18.0 551 - 780