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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1988
  • pp: 774–776

Reflective device for polarization rotation

Charles E. Greninger  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 774-776 (1988)

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It is shown that a three-mirror device with ideal mirror reflectivities may be used in place of a halfwave plate to rotate the plane of polarization of a plane polarized beam by any angle with no loss of polarization purity. For coated mirrors, with more general reflectivities, specifications are set on the allowed reflectivity ratio and phase shift difference for the s and p components in order that polarization purity be preserved to a specified amount.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 28, 1987
Published: February 15, 1988

Charles E. Greninger, "Reflective device for polarization rotation," Appl. Opt. 27, 774-776 (1988)

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