Thin films transparent to optical radiation offer polarization properties that are enhanced when the thickness of the film is an odd multiple of the quarter-wavelength. The transmission and reflection properties of a 1.16-μm-thick film of diamond realized by plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition have been studied at 10.6 μm. A compact polarizer built with four films at a Brewster angle revealed an extinction ratio of better than 1:1000 of the S polarization. The interest in optics in which parasitic-reflected or transmitted beams do not exist is pointed out. The high damage threshold of diamonds opens the possibility of controlling the polarization characteristics of high-power lasers used, for example, for soldering and cutting applications.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 26, 1996
Revised Manuscript: May 23, 1996
Published: December 1, 1996
C. Chardonnet, V. Bernard, C. Daussy, A. Gicquel, and E. Anger, "Polarization properties of thin films of diamond," Appl. Opt. 35, 6692-6697 (1996)