general specifications


colorPol® polarizers are dichroic glass polarizers. They feature a high contrast ratio and a high transmittance. Standard colorPol® polarizers are available for the UV wavelength range
(340 - 415 nm) and for the VIS and NIR range (450 - 5,000 nm). For the IR range
(1,200 - 3,000 nm) there are special versions of high transmittance (HT) polarizers with a transmission up to 98%. Each colorPol® polarizer is characterized by its maximum of polarization and the contrast ratio in the guaranteed wavelength range (>= 1,000:1, >= 10,000:1 and >= 100,000:1, indicated in the product name by C3, C4 and C5 respectively).

The wavelength of maximum polarization and contrast of a polarizer is determined by the chosen technological parameters. The performance of a custom-made polarizer can be optimized to a customer's requirements by trading off transmittance and extinction ratio at a given wavelength.The wavelength range of effective polarization spans to the UV region (colorPol® UV: 340 nm to 415 nm) and the visible and near infrared region (colorPol® VIS and colorPol® IR: 450 to 5,000 nm). Standard dimensions range from 5 x 5 mm2 up to 50 x 30 mm2. Various thicknesses are available ranging from 0.2 to 2 mm raw or laminated on a carrier glass.


Based on the unique colorPol® technology CODIXX is the world’s first producer of patterned polarizers. CODIXX as the manufacturer of colorPol® S polarizers can let them have arbitrary shaped areas with different directions of polarization. The areas can also have different spectral characteristics.

colorPol® polarizers

  • are flat like foil polarizers

  • can be processed like glass or silicon wafers

  • are resistant against UV radiation and chemicals

  • have large acceptance angles

  • are resistant against temperatures up to +400 °C

different colorPol polarizers

Unlaminated Laminated1)
Optical Parameter

Transmitted wavefront distortion

(TWD) at 633 nm over an

inspection area of Ø10mm

< 3 λ < λ/4

Beam deviation

< 20 arc min. < 1 arc min.

Accuracy of polarization axis to indicated edge 2)

< 0.5°

Acceptance angle 3), 4)

± 20°

Refractive index at 633 nm (RI) 5)

1.525 ± 0.005

Cosmetic Parameter

Surface imperfections 6)

in dependence on ISO 10110-07: 5/2 x 0.04 per Ø10mm
in dependence on MIL-O-13830A: S/D 40/20

Mechanical Parameter

Clear aperture (CA)

90% for parts < 20 x 20 mm²
95% for parts ≥ 20 x 20 mm²

Edge chips 7)

0.05 mm bis 0.2 mm,

dependent upon part size < 0.05 mm on request

Specific weight

2.5 ± 0.1 g/mm³

Coefficient of elasticity E

70 ± 5 kN/mm²

Physical Parameter

Coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE)

8.1 ± 0.3 x 10-6 K-1 (0-100°C)

Specific heat

1.0 ± 0.1 J/gK

Thermal conductivity

0.94 ± 0.05 W/mK

Operation Limits

Laser damage threshold (LDT)

a) Continuous wave (CW)

10 W/cm² continuous block
25 W/cm² continuous pass
1 W/cm² continuous block
5 W/cm2 continuous pass

b) Pulsed

12 MW/cm² pulse peak power
(equivalent to about 1 µJ/cm² pulse power density)
1 MW/cm² pulse peak power (equivalent to about 100 nJ/cm² pulse power density)

Operating temperature range

up to +400°C UV types: -20°C bis +80°C all other: -20°C to +120°C


Thermal cycle

-40°C to +80°C 200 cycles
(DIN EN 60068-2-14 method Na)

Humid storage

85°C, 85% rel. humidity, 1,000 h

According to Telcordia



UV-stability 20 mW/cm² nach 60 h

irradiation without any degradation

Chemical resistance

colorPol® polarizers are insensitive to most organic and cleaning solvents, acids and bases8) and distilled water.


1) laminated, ground and polished

2) less tolerance available upon request

3) exceeding this angle may lower contrast and transmittance

4) AR coating may limit this angle

5) RI for other wavelengths on request

6) other quality grades available on request

7) other specifications available on request

8) AR coating limits the resistivity