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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 1998
  • pp: 5234–5238

Polarization-based tunable interferometric filter

Erna M. Frins and Wolfgang Dultz  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 22, pp. 5234-5238 (1998)

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A polarization-based tunable interferometric filter essentially consisting of a two-beam interferometer with birefringence elements is described. The analysis of the filter is done through the concept of a geometric phase in optics—namely, the Pancharatnam phase. The transmission characteristics of the filter can be controlled through three parameters: the thickness of the birefringent elements, the optical path difference, and the orientation angle of an analyzer placed at the interferometer output. It is demonstrated theoretically that, with a particular choice of these parameters, the chromatic dispersion of the filter is compensated in a given spectral range. Some properties of the device are confirmed by an experimental demonstration.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.2440) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Filters
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Original Manuscript: December 1, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 30, 1998
Published: August 1, 1998

Erna M. Frins and Wolfgang Dultz, "Polarization-based tunable interferometric filter," Appl. Opt. 37, 5234-5238 (1998)

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