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)