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  • Vol. 34, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 1995
  • pp: 2927–2930

Optimization of a rhomb-type quarter-wave phase retarder

N. N. Nagib and S. A. Khodier  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 34, Issue 16, pp. 2927-2930 (1995)

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A previously reported two-reflection, undeviating-beam total internal reflection (TIR) quarter-wave phase retarder is optimized. The specifications and characteristics of the device are sensitive to the refractive index n of the rhomb material. In particular, the size of the rhomb can be reduced by a factor of 11 for the same aperture size if a glass with n = 1.70 is used instead of one with n = 1.53. Optimal conditions are in the refractive-index interval n = 1.68–1.71. Coated rhombs of this type are mentioned.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 17, 1994
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 1994
Published: June 1, 1995

N. N. Nagib and S. A. Khodier, "Optimization of a rhomb-type quarter-wave phase retarder," Appl. Opt. 34, 2927-2930 (1995)

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