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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2002
  • pp: 5956–5962

Tilting tolerance analysis of a broadband polarization-preserving beam displacer

A-Chuan Hsu, Cheng-Fang Ho, and Jyh-Long Chern  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 28, pp. 5956-5962 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.005956


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Abstract

We numerically investigated the performance of an achromatic polarization-preserving beam displacer that was proposed by Galvez [Opt. Lett. 26, 971 (2001)]. First, the four-prism configuration of the Galvez scheme is verified by simulation. We examined the extension of wavelength beyond visible light by considering the corresponding power loss. The degree of polarization is also considered. The tolerance of tilts of reflecting surfaces is comprehensively discussed. It is shown that the second reflector of a four-prism system is the most critical component. Performance of various materials, including plastics, is evaluated. We explain a simplified implementation based on two prisms (the classic Porro configuration), which also improves material performance.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices

History
Original Manuscript: September 7, 2001
Revised Manuscript: April 1, 2002
Published: October 1, 2002

Citation
A-Chuan Hsu, Cheng-Fang Ho, and Jyh-Long Chern, "Tilting tolerance analysis of a broadband polarization-preserving beam displacer," Appl. Opt. 41, 5956-5962 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-28-5956


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