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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 1983
  • pp: 3229–3231

Improvement in the transmission of iodine-polyvinyl alcohol polarizers

William J. Gunning and James Foschaar  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 22, Issue 20, pp. 3229-3231 (1983)

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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)

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