We have directly measured the retardance versus temperature for single-crystal quartz (SiO<sub>2</sub>) and magnesium fluoride (MgF<sub>2</sub>) at wavelengths of 633, 788, 1318, and 1539 nm and over a temperature range of 24–80 °C. To our knowledge, the temperature dependence of retardance for these two materials has not been directly measured. We compared our direct measurements of the normalized temperature derivative of the retardance γ with derived values from previously reported indirect measurements and found our results to be in agreement and our measurement uncertainties to be typically a factor of 4 smaller. Our overall mean value for γ<sub>SiO<sub>2</sub></sub> is −1.23 × 10<sup>−4</sup> with a combined standard uncertainty of 0.02 × 10<sup>−4</sup> and little wavelength dependence over the 633–1539-nm range. Our overall mean value for γ<sub>MgF<sub>2</sub></sub> is −5.37 × 10<sup>−5</sup> with a combined standard uncertainty of 0.17 × 10<sup>−5</sup> and with a small wavelength dependence over the 633–1539-nm range.
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Shelley M. Etzel, A. H. Rose, and C. M. Wang, "Dispersion of the temperature dependence of the retardance in SiO2 and MgF2," Appl. Opt. 39, 5796-5800 (2000)