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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 1999
  • pp: 2177–2181

Polarization multiplexing of diffractive elements with metal-stripe grating pixels

Uwe D. Zeitner, Bernd Schnabel, E.-Bernhard Kley, and Frank Wyrowski  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 11, pp. 2177-2181 (1999)

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Diffractive elements with polarization multiplexing for the visible spectral region are demonstrated. The polarization-multiplexing property of the element is based on the polarization-dependent transmission characteristics of metal-stripe subwavelength period gratings. The proper dimensions of these gratings are estimated by rigorous calculations. The principle of polarization multiplexing by use of metal-stripe subwavelength period gratings is described for a diffractive element that has a binary amplitude transmission per polarization channel and is demonstrated by experimental results.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

Original Manuscript: October 12, 1998
Revised Manuscript: December 21, 1998
Published: April 10, 1999

Uwe D. Zeitner, Bernd Schnabel, E.-Bernhard Kley, and Frank Wyrowski, "Polarization multiplexing of diffractive elements with metal-stripe grating pixels," Appl. Opt. 38, 2177-2181 (1999)

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