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Bandpass Filter Selection Table

BandwidthBandwidth is the spectral range over which an optical filter will transmit illumination. Narrow bandwidth filters (<20nm) are typically used in elemental and chemical analysis applications, analytical instrumentation, and laser line clean up. Broad bandwidths (>20nm) are commonly used in imaging applications, including fluorescence microscopy, machine vision, and factory automation. Visit our application note on Optical Filters for more information.
Broad Band for Fluorescence Imaging
and Machine Vision Applications
Narrow Band for Chemical Analysis
or Laser Clean Up
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Optical Density Optical Density describes the amount of energy blocked or rejected by a filter. A high optical density value indicates low transmission, and low optical density indicates high transmission. Optical densities of 6 or greater are used for creating high signal-to-noise in applications such as fluorescence microscopy. Optical densities of 3.0 – 4.0 are ideal for laser separation and clean-up, machine vision, and chemical detection, while optical densities of 2.0 or less are ideal for color sorting and separating spectral orders. Visit our application note on Optical Filters for more information.
OD 8.0 Blocking (<0.0001% Transmission)
OD 8.0 Filters are manufactured using state of the art thin film coating technologies providing highest levels of precision and spectral performance> They enable optical systems with the highest demand on signal to noise performance.
OD 6.0 Blocking (<0.0001% Transmission)
OD 6.0 Filters are fabricated utilizing advanced Hard Coating technologies including ion beam sputtering (IBS) and magnetron sputtering, guaranteeing high transmission, deep blocking, and extended lifetimes.
OD 4.0 Blocking (<0.01% Transmission)
OD 4.0 Filters are typically manufactured utilizing high volume Hard Coating technologies, guaranteeing high transmission, deep blocking, extended lifetimes, and generous volume discounts.
OD 2.0 Blocking (<1% Transmission)
OD 2.0 Filters are typically manufactured from traditional evaporative coating technologies, or absorptive colored glass, yielding cost effective filters.

Bandpass Filters are used to selectively transmit a portion of the spectrum while rejecting all other wavelengths. Bandpass Filters are ideal for a variety of applications, such as fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy, clinical chemistry, or imaging. These filters are typically used in the life science, industrial, or R&D industries.

Edmund Optics offers a wide variety of Bandpass Filters in a range of bandwidth options for ultraviolet (UV), visible (VIS), or infrared (IR) applications. Laser Line filters typically have narrow bandwidths of 2 – 5nm for demanding laser applications. Fluorescence Filters, which have been designed to maximize the energy of the excitation and emission bands, typically have broad bandwidths of 20 – 70nm. Edmund Optics’ 10nm filters are ideal for chemical, environmental, or elemental analysis. Hard coated filters offer maximum performance with exceptional durability. Traditionally coated evaporated filters are cost-sensitive alternatives. Bandpass Filters are angular sensitive, so care should be taken when mounting or integrating into an optical system.