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I'm working on a project that utilizes a series of laser beams, about 8. Instead of having 8 separate laser pointers/diodes, I think it would be easier if I were to find a way of splitting the beam of light from one into 8 beams of light. Does anyone have any ideas? Something like shining it through angled Plexiglas or some kind of prism?

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Noodle93 (author)2008-06-17

This picture andthis page might help. Note that the light intensity will decrease.

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whatsisface (author)Noodle932008-06-17

That's very near perfect, thank you.

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Noodle93 (author)whatsisface2008-06-17

Tis,k to do such a duty to a fellow instructabillian.

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PKM (author)Noodle932008-06-17

Ah, that well-known elemental substance "blue". Commonly found on cheese, the sky and engineer's fingers. If they don't have to be the same intensity you could use a diffraction grating (read: CD) but depending on where you need the beams to end up it may be easier to get 8 laser pointers. If you were going to get front-silvered mirrors etc. as well it might even be cheaper as well.

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benthekahn (author)2008-06-16

Maybe some fiber optic cable?

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Patrick Pending (author)2007-12-31

One method is to use rotating mirrors coupled with synchronized pulses of the laser to split the beam into different directions. Cheers, Pat. Pending

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KentsOkay (author)2007-12-31

Ehhmm, I know its what you do to make a hologram... perhaps a super well lined up prism?

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whatsisface (author)KentsOkay2007-12-31

I was thinking angled perspex or similar to allow light to be partially reflected and partially go through the plastic...

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