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)