beam splitter

noun

Definition of beam splitter 

: a mirror or prism or a combination of the two that is used to divide a beam of radiation into two or more parts

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Remove the second beam splitter and interference becomes impossible. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum experiment in space confirms that reality is what you make it," 27 Oct. 2017 Instead, the first beam splitter sends the photon down one path or the other, like a particle. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Quantum experiment in space confirms that reality is what you make it," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of beam splitter

1935, in the meaning defined above

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