How to Model a Polarizing Beam Splitter

  • 15 June 2020
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Hi there,

I have created a standard beam splitting cube in non-sequential mode using two Prism90 polygons, with surface coatings of I.99 and I.50.

I am now interested in making a polarizing beam splitter. What is the best way to go about this in a non-sequential mode?

Thank you so much! 


Best answer by Thomas Magnac 15 June 2020, 17:37

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Hi Martin,

You can use a coating to pass or reflect specific polarizations.

Check out the ''IDEAL2'' coating:



Thanks for the quick reply Thomas!

I do not have this IDEAL2 coating. Can you suggest where I may find it?

EDIT: I have found the IDEAL2 by going into my Coating Tools -> Edit Coating File. 


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Yes, that's it!

You can edit your coating catalog to add, like I did with mine, a pass_p and a pass_s coatings.


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Hi again, I found an old file where I did a x-cube polarization splitter!

Hi Thomas, am I able to contact you via email or phone call to continue this discussion? I have some specific questions on my PBS design.


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Sure, you can create a support ticket from MyZemax.