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  • Vol. 13, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1974
  • pp: 1110–1114

Polarization Conserving Light Bending Prisms and Optimized Fresnel Rhombs

Roger W. Anderson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 13, Issue 5, pp. 1110-1114 (1974)

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The design of prisms utilizing total internal reflection to achieve particular phase retardation is considered. Two prisms are discussed that bend light by 90° without changing its polarization. Optimum design for Fresnel rhombs is considered, and designs for quarter-wave and half-wave are presented. The effect of light beam divergence and prism dispersion is treated.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 17, 1973
Published: May 1, 1974

Roger W. Anderson, "Polarization Conserving Light Bending Prisms and Optimized Fresnel Rhombs," Appl. Opt. 13, 1110-1114 (1974)

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