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What Is A First Surface Mirror?

What Is a First Surface Mirror?

A first surface mirror, also known as front surface mirror, offers a high reflectance coating on the face of the glass that provides a true reflection with no double image. A dielectric overcoat further enhances reflection of visible light while providing durability and full protection from oxidation.

Superior Optical Accuracy

Using multi-layer coating technology in a vacuum chamber, aluminum is deposited onto ultra-flat glass. A dielectric protective layer is simultaneously deposited to further enhance the reflective properties. The dielectric layer provides a durable overcoat that protects it from oxidation and enhances durability. Using clean glass and strict manufacturing process is essential to preventing dust from creating bubbles in the coating, and other potential anomalies in the coating, such as thermal expansion and fingerprints.

“Discover why scientists & engineers switch to us.”

The engineers and scientists we work with to meet project deadlines don’t have time to waste waiting for other manufacturers to fabricate their mirrors, crossing their fingers that the glass will be high quality and arrive unbroken. We keep a large inventory of optical mirrors on hand, and have glass experts standing by to immediately cut and ship them. We have strict quality standards to make sure mirrors are precision cut, double checked, and packaged extremely carefully. Take advantage of our expertise, wide selection of optical mirrors, extensive technical documentation, easy returns, and inexpensive product samples.

How We Ship Mirrors

After coating, a blue Nitto laminate is applied over the finished glass to protect it during cutting, shipping, and until final use. Small mirrors are wrapped in bubble wrap and larger mirrors are crated and shipped via freight. All shipments are fully insured to protect your order.

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FSM Eliminates Double Image Distortion

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Blue Nitto Laminate Protects Surface Until Use

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Outstanding Optical Reflection In Visible Spectrum

Applications For First Surface Mirrors

Additional Applications For First Surface Mirrors

  • Flight simulators, periscopes
  • Broadcasting, photography, projection.
  • Optics, astronomy, physics, lasers
  • Optical illusions & museum exhibits
  • Barcode scanners
  • Hollywood special effects
  • High speed photography
  • Stage magic
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Kaleidoscopes, product photography
  • Ophthalmology eye exams, dental mirrors
  • Lighting effects
  • Metrology
  • Robotics

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Glass First Surface Mirror For Binocular Mirror Mount
Optical First Surface Mirror

Features

Wave

Selective Double-Flat

When this glass is manufactured it is selected from standard float glass cuts to find those with superior flatness.

Reflection

True Reflection

Applications for a glass first surface mirror require a true reflection with no ghosting effect, also known as front surface mirrors.

Aluminum

96% Reflective

The enhanced aluminum mirror coating allows for a high reflection over a large wavelength range. See the wavechart for more detail.

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Custom Sizes

We can cut and ship any size smaller than 70.886″ X 52.756″ and can ship across the globe! There is no minimum order to check out online.

Applications include use in flight simulators, barcode scanners, periscopes. They may also be used for projecting video onto the floor or ceiling, or Hollywood special effects. Photography also finds many uses for this mirror type that allows for a true reflection.

Technical Specifications

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Service, Perfected.

James Baker
Sales Engineer
james@opticalmirror.com
(419) 787-4526

krista-kellyKrista Kelly
Sales Manager
krista@opticalmirror.com
(419) 461-0710

Shipping & Packaging

  • Immediate production on most sizes
  • Careful packaging prevents breakage
  • Fully insured for your protection

Inspection

  • Checked with digital caliper for accuracy
  • Part # and size recorded for each mirror.
  • Accuracy guaranteed

Superior Quality

  • Manufactured in the USA
  • Samples available
  • Unparalleled durability

Order a Sample

6″ x 6″ Glass First Surface Mirror – 1/4″ (6mm) Thickness $14.95   

$14.95Add to cart

6″ x 6″ Glass First Surface Mirror – 1/8″ (3mm) Thickness $14.95   

$14.95Add to cart

Glass First Surface Mirror – 1.9mm Thickness $14.95   

$14.95Add to cart

 Glass First Surface Mirror – 1mm Thickness $14.95   

$14.95Add to cart

Glass First Surface Mirror – 0.5mm Thickness $14.95   

$14.95Add to cart

Cleaning Tips

To Prevent scratching we recommend 50% Isopropyl Alcohol and Kimwipes.

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