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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2008
  • pp: 6230–6235

Building blocks for nonpolarizing optical coatings

Ronald R. Willey  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 33, pp. 6230-6235 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.47.006230


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Abstract

The problem of designing nonpolarizing beam splitters with as broad a spectral band as practical has not been clearly understood. The effort of the work reported here has been to glean understanding from the various results of a contest for such designs and further studies of what might be the underlying principles and behaviors that are involved in such designs. A few key layer patterns have been observed, and the importance of symmetry in these patterns has been discovered. Four-layer building blocks have been found that relate to the two quarter-wave optical thickness pairs used as building blocks in normal- incidence designs.

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OCIS Codes
(310.0310) Thin films : Thin films
(310.5448) Thin films : Polarization, other optical properties
(310.6805) Thin films : Theory and design

ToC Category:
Thin Films

History
Original Manuscript: August 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2008
Published: November 19, 2008

Citation
Ronald R. Willey, "Building blocks for nonpolarizing optical coatings," Appl. Opt. 47, 6230-6235 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-47-33-6230


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