Optical Filters

Shortpass Filter

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A shortpass filter, also known as a high-cut filter or a low-pass filter in optics, is a type of optical filter designed to transmit wavelengths shorter than a specified cutoff wavelength and to block or significantly attenuate wavelengths longer than this cutoff point. It essentially functions as the opposite of a longpass filter, setting a maximum threshold for the wavelengths allowed to pass through.

Key Features of Shortpass Filters:
1.Cutoff Wavelength (λc):
 This is the wavelength at which the filter starts to significantly attenuate or block light. Above this wavelength, transmission decreases rapidly.
2.Transition Width:
 Similar to longpass filters, this describes the range over which the filter transitions from high transmission to low transmission or blocking. A narrow transition width is preferred for applications that require a sharp distinction between passed and blocked wavelengths.
3.Passband Transmission:
 Refers to how efficiently the filter transmits wavelengths below the cutoff point. High transmission in the passband is desirable for most applications.
4.Blocking Range Transmission:
 Measures how effectively the filter blocks wavelengths above the cutoff. An ideal shortpass filter should have very low transmission in this range to prevent contamination from unwanted longer wavelengths.

Applications of Shortpass Filters:
Shortpass filters are integral components in various optical systems where filtering out longer wavelengths is necessary:
1.Fluorescence Microscopy and Spectroscopy:
 They are used to isolate the emission wavelengths of fluorescent markers from the excitation light, which is typically of a longer wavelength.
2.UV Photography and Sensing:
 In applications where only ultraviolet light needs to be captured or detected, a shortpass filter that cuts off in the visible or infrared range is employed.
3.Daylight Harvesting and Solar Energy:
 To maximize the efficiency of solar panels or daylighting systems, shortpass filters can be used to remove infrared heat from sunlight, thereby reducing thermal load and optimizing the energy input.
4.Laser Systems:
 They help purify laser beams by removing unwanted longer-wavelength components, ensuring the laser operates at the intended short wavelengths.
5.Display Technology:
 In LCD and OLED displays, shortpass filters are used to remove unwanted wavelengths from backlight sources, improving color purity and contrast.

Types of Shortpass Filters:
- Interference Shortpass Filters:
 These filters use multiple layers of thin films to create an interference effect that reflects longer wavelengths while transmitting shorter ones. They can achieve very sharp cutoffs and high transmission in the passband.
- Absorptive Shortpass Filters:
 Made from materials that absorb wavelengths above the cutoff point, these filters gradually decrease transmission as the wavelength increases. They are simpler in construction but may not offer as sharp a cutoff as interference filters.

Selecting the appropriate type of shortpass filter depends on the specific application requirements, such as the desired cutoff wavelength, the required steepness of the transition, and the level of blocking needed in the rejection band.

 General application



Blocking wavelength


Ultraviolet lightsource




Criminal investigation
multi-band lightsource




Laser protective eyewear




High definition camera




Angled lenses




Ticket Inspection





Product parameters

Short pass filters


IAD multilayer dielectric coating,
BBAR coating, DLC coating

Working wavelength

200 -1100nm


Optical grade glass
(K 9, BK 7, B 270, D263T, quartz, etc.)


Φ3mm ~ Φ110mm


2*2mm ~ 146*146mm



Clear aperture


Surface quality


Environmental test






Blocking wavelength




Dielectric coat shortpass filters have the same characteristics as longpass filters. The onset wavelength of these filters shifts like a shortwave as the angle of incidence increases. Generally speaking, when the incident angle changes from 0° to 45°, the center wavelength shifts about 10% shorter. This feature can be used in applications that require slight adjustment of the wavelength or cutoff wavelength.

 Filter Design Parameters

 - Type: __Shortpass Filter__

 - Cut-Off Wavelength (λc): __________________ nm

  (The wavelength above which the filter starts to block significantly.)

 Transmittance and Blocking Specifications

 - Minimum Transmittance Below λc: _________ %

 - Maximum Transmittance Above λc: _________ % (Typically <0.1% for effective blocking.)

 - Transition Range: ± ______ nm (The range over which the filter transitions from high transmission to high blocking.)

 Spectral Performance

 - Tolerance on Cut-Off Wavelength: ± ______ nm

 - Slope of Transition Zone: ______ nm/nm (Describes how steeply the transmittance drops off above cut-off.)

 Physical Characteristics

 - Diameter/Size: __________________________ mm (or specify shape and dimensions)

 - Thickness: ______________________________ mm (If not standard)

 - Substrate Material: ________________________ (E.g., BK7, fused silica, etc.)

 - Coating Type: ____________________________ (E.g., Interference, colored glass, etc.)

 - Surface Quality: __________________________ (E.g., 40-20 scratch-dig or better)

 - Parallelism: ______________________________ (° or fringes, if applicable)

 - Edge Treatment: __________________________ (E.g., Beveled, chamfered, or rounded)

 Environmental Requirements

 - Operating Temperature Range: From ______ °C to ______ °C

 - Storage Temperature Range: From ______ °C to ______ °C

 - Humidity Resistance: _______________________% RH

 Additional Comments or Special Requirements

 - __________________________________________________________

 - __________________________________________________________

Filling in these details accurately ensures that we manufacture a shortpass filter tailored to your specific application, with the right spectral characteristics and physical properties. Once we receive this completed specification sheet, we can proceed with designing and manufacturing the custom filter and arrange for its delivery.