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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1984
  • pp: 2747–2751

Achromatic phase retarders constructed from right-angle prisms: design

I. Filinski and T. Skettrup  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 16, pp. 2747-2751 (1984)

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The behavior of achromatic 90 and 180° phase retarder devices has been computed. These devices are made of three right-angle prisms so that the transmitted beam is not deflected or deviated from its incoming direction although the beam has suffered four internal reflections. Conventional BK-7 prisms and quartz prisms can be used as achromatic 180 and 90° phase retarders if suitable dielectric coatings are applied to the reflecting surfaces. With other glass types extremely achromatic 180° retarders can be obtained with <0.2% deviation from 180° throughout the visible wavelength range. This is five times better than the so-called superachromatic retarders made of several birefringent plates of different materials.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 24, 1983
Published: August 15, 1984

I. Filinski and T. Skettrup, "Achromatic phase retarders constructed from right-angle prisms: design," Appl. Opt. 23, 2747-2751 (1984)

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