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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 1999
  • pp: 2564–2569

Optical characteristics of stretched silver island multilayers for submicrometer-thick optical polarizing films

Kazutaka Baba, Kizuku Yamaki, and Mitsunobu Miyagi  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 12, pp. 2564-2569 (1999)

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We fabricated submicrometer-thick optical polarizing films at a wavelength of 1300 nm with extinction ratios of ≥30 dB by stretching periodic multilayers of silver island layers and glass layers. We compared the measured and theoretical optical characteristics of the polarizing films. The measured optical characteristics were quantitatively different from preliminary theoretical ones reported in an earlier paper [Opt. Lett. 16, 964 (1991)]. We have improved the theory by considering the distribution in silver island shapes and the difference between the stretching ratios of the glass layers and the silver islands. We have successfully elucidated the optical characteristics of the fabricated optical polarizing films.

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OCIS Codes
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

Original Manuscript: September 3, 1998
Revised Manuscript: December 22, 1998
Published: April 20, 1999

Kazutaka Baba, Kizuku Yamaki, and Mitsunobu Miyagi, "Optical characteristics of stretched silver island multilayers for submicrometer-thick optical polarizing films," Appl. Opt. 38, 2564-2569 (1999)

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