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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 1996
  • pp: 4372–4380

Polarization properties of cube-corner retroreflectors and their effects on signal strength and nonlinearity in heterodyne interferometers

B. C. Park, T. B. Eom, and M. S. Chung  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 22, pp. 4372-4380 (1996)

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The polarization properties of solid-state cube-corner retroreflectors, which are uncoated glass or metal-coated glass on the reflecting surfaces, are examined analytically and compared. Experimental verifications are presented for the case of linearly polarized incident light. When the uncoated cube-corner is used in a heterodyne interferometer, the polarization properties reveal that the axial orientation of the corner reflector has an effect on the strength of the beat signal and the nonlinearity error. A theoretical analysis of the effect is presented together with experimental results.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 15, 1995
Revised Manuscript: January 29, 1996
Published: August 1, 1996

B. C. Park, T. B. Eom, and M. S. Chung, "Polarization properties of cube-corner retroreflectors and their effects on signal strength and nonlinearity in heterodyne interferometers," Appl. Opt. 35, 4372-4380 (1996)

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