Controlled bleaching of the iodine dichromophore from iodine-polyvinyl alcohol polarizers has been demonstrated to result in a dramatic increase in transmission. Internal transmission of 95% for linearly polarized light has been observed in the spectral range of 5000–6000 Å. Degradation of polarizer extinction is most severe at shorter wavelengths; however, the transmittance for the crossed polarization remains <0.1% through much of the visible spectrum.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 21, 1983
Published: October 15, 1983
William J. Gunning and James Foschaar, "Improvement in the transmission of iodine-polyvinyl alcohol polarizers," Appl. Opt. 22, 3229-3231 (1983)