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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 36, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1547–1552

Theory of oblique-incidence phase retarders

N. N. Nagib  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 7, pp. 1547-1552 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.36.001547


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Abstract

Phenomenological and mathematical analyses of oblique incidence in total-internal-reflection phase retarders and the procedure for constructing extremely achromatic quarter-wave retarders are presented. It is shown that the retardance can assume the same value twice at two definite spectral lines. As an example, a quarter-wave phase retarder is described that introduces a retardance of exactly 90° at two He–Ne laser lines of 632.8 and 1150 nm with a maximum deviation of 0.007° for other wavelengths between these two lines. This application is advantageous in conjunction with two-line and multiline lasers where the radiation is usually pumped in a state of circular polarization.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: April 24, 1996
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 1996
Published: March 1, 1997

Citation
N. N. Nagib, "Theory of oblique-incidence phase retarders," Appl. Opt. 36, 1547-1552 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-36-7-1547

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